“In the conquest of any weakness in our mental or moral make-up; in the attainment of any strength; in our highest and truest relation to ourselves and to the world, let us ever make “love” our watchword, not mere “duty.” If we desire to live a life of truth and honesty, to make our word as strong as our bond, let us not expect to keep ourselves along the narrow line of truth under the constant lash of the whip of duty. Let us begin to love the truth, to fill our mind and life with the strong white light of sincerity and sterling honesty. Let us love the truth so strongly that there will develop within us, without our conscious effort, an ever-present horror of a lie.
If we desire to do good in the world, let us begin to love humanity, to realize more truly the great dominant note that sounds in every mortal, despite all the discords of life, the great natural bond of unity that makes all men brothers. Then jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging will be eclipsed and lost in the sunshine of love.” ~ William George Jordan
The cynical approach to living is a cop out. It is the refusal to mine for gold in the body of humanity and the field of circumstance. It is easy to write off a particularly challenging situation or difficult person, but the easy approach is rarely the wisest course.
It is hard, if not impossible to: “expect to keep ourselves along the narrow line of truth under the constant lash of the whip of duty.” Various religious sects have attempted it over the ages, as have do-gooders who desperately seek to do good while lacking the fundamental tools necessary – an intimate acquaintance with the truth – to get the job done with sprezzatura. Duty is necessary but not sufficient to living a life uncommon, one that harmonizes internal potential with outer revelation.
Duty plus love, however, does the trick. If you learn to love the truth with every fiber of your being, to gain acquaintance with the immutable laws and principles that compose the truth, you quickly gain access to the library of wisdom within you. Perhaps more importantly, your love of the truth imbues you with the humility, patience and strength necessary to work creatively with the limitations in your circumstances and in those around you.
There is no need to plead, beg or pray for the serenity, strength or wisdom to navigate successfully, for they are always present within you. Don’t be fooled, there is but one way to let them out: through a genuine, consistent and honest love of the truth.
This, my friends, is your Excalibur, your personal sword of truth which is handed to you from your inner waters of truth. It can cut through iron as through wood and it lets no blood and does not kill, rather, it separates the wheat from the chaff in all that you touch in your living. Consider these lovely words from Lord Alfred Tennyson:
- There drew he forth the brand Excalibur,
- And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon,
- Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth
- And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt:
- For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks,
- Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work
- Of subtlest jewellery.
My hope for you today is that you become more deeply inspired to love the truth with all your heart and all your soul. Then and only then are “…jealousy, malice, envy, unkind words and cruel misjudging…eclipsed and lost in the sunshine of love.”