Saturday, March 6, 2010

Truth Needs to be Separated from Dross


“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” ~Leo Tolstoy

It is the washing away process that is an arduous experience. How do you know what is gold and what is dross? What process do you use to determine truth from non-truth? And once, having found it, how can you hold it intact without pieces of it being stripped away?

Finding truth that can be applied is more than a philosophical endeavour. As I see it, truth that isn’t sewn in to the fabric of my life is useless. If truth remains a concept it will become like a stagnant pool. Truth needs to be applied into every thought, decision and action. Only then will it be of any value.

Without real life application, truth is as valuable as the dross it was smelted from.

And getting truth to have value in our lives is as difficult a process as prospecting, mining, smelting and refining gold. Each step has its own challenges and needs a completely different set of tools and skills to create a bar of pure gold.

Is the process worth it? Does a search for truth provide value that lasts?

Hmmm.... I think that truth is the basis upon which a life can be solidly built and as such has immense worth.

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