The Price & Value of Truth

The truth is not free
It must be sought out
Bled for, worked to the bone for
Then, it must be devoured
Learned inside and out
And subsequently cast aside

For you can be sure that once certainty takes hold
You are wrong; you have missed the point
Indeed, you have latched on to Truth
The simpleton’s version, which is available without the effort of thinking for oneself

What we are after is not simply what is (easy enough)
More importantly of what could and should be
For the truth exists only as an idea
Rarely implemented or even implementable

What one hopes for is an approximation, a surplus, or remainder of one’s last deferral
This is not, however, a pessimistic view and there should be no gnashing of teeth over this: this truth, dare I say
Rather, it should make one hyper-vigilant, always seeking to be more than one was
Perpetually perusing a “world” that one leaves better than it was prior to one’s intervention

Of course, few have the opportunity to affect the “world” on a grand scale
It is our world that we should strive to transform
Yet, such a molding is proliferative
For our community is part of a much grander web of intertwining associations
Such that to have an impact simply on one person is, potentially, to elaborate one’s surplus in an infinite number of possibilities

Thus it is that we bleed, sweat, and wear our skin to the bone—not to mention what the mind undergoes—for that sliver of revolutionary change
When that remainder is achieved, it is time to move on to that which is more that what one has contributed to that point
There is no time to rest; the search is abiding
Above all, a good conscience is Verboten
Seek, transform, and seek more
Improve oneself, and improve the world

© 10/15/10

The Price & Value of Truth

Rusty Gentry

Joined November 2007

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