COMMENTARY

Breaking Free To Be

One can say, “Facts are facts,” and whether those facts are central to the truth or are lies, be proven right.

An interesting thing about any narrative in which your powerlessness is central to the plot is that it is on its way to delivering without fail and will, absent your own defiance or rescue to interrupt or challenge the premise of that narrative.

Against this backdrop, when you or I are asked to define or comment on the boundaries or limits of truth while being defined by experiences – frustrating experiences, no less -our answers reflect the concessions and confessions of our inadequacy central to the plot of who we are. Those answers cannot but be the inverted realities of disillusionment. You can call that truth if you will. I won’t. That is a recipe for disaster.

The simple question “What is truth?” is complicated and made reliable by the powerlessness suggested and accepted whether we do so willingly or under duress. Surprise! Surprise! Truth is not independent of how and what you think.

The alarm this causes automatically pushes people into argumentative camps as if the contents of beliefs- much of it subconscious and already providing the currents to steer our boats- can be debated to provide course corrections or validation.

A simple way to decide a practical way forward is to look at which group is making progress and align with that group. But at every “Oops!”, you are beached. Progress cannot come absent introspection.

One can continue to assume the faulty logic that our circumstances and situations constrain and restrain us and give proof of our powerlessness. Or we could become introspective of ourselves and contest the seeming hostility of our circumstances by novel and good faith initiatives. For these seeds of defiance and never giving in to hopelessness will bear fruit.

Moreover, they will become the catalyst whereby we frame issues in terms of our power – what is in our power to do rather than beyond our control- and find that our outcomes improve markedly.

As best as I understand them, the issues are not dependent on circumstances, legacies, fortune, or even resources already at your disposal. Instead, the issues turn on your awareness of the power and source of who you are. Whatever answers you or I come up with must challenge and undermine the ethos of powerlessness that had hitherto defined, described, and prescribed who we are.

We are not limited by things, situations, and circumstances outside of ourselves so much as by our views. “Let the mind which was in Christ be also in you” is an apt and profound truth. Be thoughtful.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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