Roselyn Connor
February: Truth Be Told

If you ever watched the original Star Trek series you know who Spock was. His character was a Vulcan who based all he did on logic. He was hard wired for it. Spock rejected anything illogical even though he was inundated by humans who offered no apologies for their lack of it.

Enter 2017 where logic and truth often seem to be far removed from our daily lives. People now think they can not only create their own truths but force you to personally adopt it. They believe they can remake the truth by merely renaming something as if it automatically changes because we call it by a different name. You can look at a pear and call it a grape but in truth, it remains a pear. Shakespeare said “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. In other words, what something is called doesn’t change what it is. An item or entity is defined by its nature and not by its name. Most English words have a Latin or Greek derivation. These root words have defined meaning based on the truth of composition. Science is the same. It would be illogical to look at a heart and call it a liver. The same is true for looking at silver and calling it tin. That wouldn’t make sense and it’d be a lie.

The truth is an amazing constant. It’s bold and solid. It never seeks consultation or opinion. There are practical truths that can’t be altered. If you say you were born in Philadelphia you either were or you weren’t. That is an immovable truth. There are commercials for websites that offer to use your DNA to find out exactly your ancestry. They can even give you percentages. Your DNA can’t lie or be altered. It has nothing to do with how you look but about what your blood reveals.

Acceptance of truth is hard for most of us. We live in a world that makes just about everything gray so that there are no absolutes. Truth operates outside of that notion. Someone said facts are stubborn things. A generation or society that finds comfort in lies and supports them is childlike and doesn’t deal in reality. Just like most of our reality shows are actually not. Some parents tell a lie about a pet’s death in order to escape tears. They tell their children there’s a Santa, a tooth fairy, and an Easter bunny. I recently met a man who was having an issue with his son who found out there was no such person as Santa Claus. The boy was totally devastated and began questioning many things his father told him. This worried the man who felt his son’s faith in him was shaken.

I met a nice lady who wondered why her doctor didn’t explain to her the gravity of prediabetes. She asked why her doctor didn’t tell her the truth. She also lamented about her husband and said why didn’t anyone tell her how tough marriage was instead of focusing on the wedding, honeymoon and romance. They ignored the natural struggles of binding two lives. She also wondered why no one told her how tough it was to be a parent. This woman had real disappointments because she felt she was denied the truth.

We owe it to our millennials to not let them live outside the real world and to prepare them well for difficulties and reality. If they’re prepared they will be better suited to handle the craziness of life. They wouldn’t fall apart due to a lack of proper expectation. They won’t walk away from jobs, relationships and life because they weren’t prepared to deal with truth. We can help a generation become stronger and not weaker. We can help them learn the value of truth, take on life and win. It all starts by telling them they are looking at a pear and not a grape! 

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