Truth is not comforting. It’s a hard path to stay on. It’s rocky and unpredictable, refusing to show us what we wanted to see, taking us where it will, rather that where we wanted it to. Meanwhile, crowds gather on both sides, basking in the false light of being “right–right now,” and vilifying all who refuse to join them. Why? Because, as Thomas Merton once said:
“We desire not the truth, but rather that our lie should be proved ‘right’ and our iniquity be vindicated as ‘just.’ This is what we have done to pervert our natural, instinctive appetite for truth. No wonder we hate. No wonder we are violent.”
But keep walking. Because it’s truth, not being “right,” that leads us home and sets us free.