Why Is the Path to Truth Difficult? Is It Necessary to Seek the Truth? Why?
𝐹𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑙, 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑔𝑜𝑛𝑒. 𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑙𝑒 ℎ𝑢𝑡 𝑏𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑒.
𝐻𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑎 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑢𝑔𝑙𝑦 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛.
– 𝑌𝑜𝑢 — 𝑅𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦?
𝑂𝑙𝑑, 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑙𝑒𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑔 𝑛𝑜𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑚𝑛𝑙𝑦.
– 𝑇𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑒, 𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑? 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑦?
𝑂𝑙𝑑 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑:
– 𝑇𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑢𝑙! — 𝑅𝑜𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑡 𝑇𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑠, “𝐼𝑛 𝑆𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ.”
This allegory states that we seek the truth, and if it is the truth, it can often appear as an old hag, while if it is a lie, then it seems beautiful. And so the question emerges: is it really necessary to seek the truth?
Yes, we need to seek and strive for the truth. The truth could indeed be very ugly, but it is the sole higher truth, above everything, and this makes it unique and worthwhile.
Can the truth be beautiful? If we see it as such, then it is a sign of blurry vision on our behalf, that we cannot see normally and we simply sell ourselves to it.
Rising above our inborn egoistic qualities means rising above our ideas of ugly and beautiful, and where we will evaluate what we find enjoyable and unenjoyable according to completely different values.
When, then, do we feel the truth? In order to feel the truth, we need to rise above and detach from our inborn egoistic qualities, which make us wish to enjoy for self-benefit at the expense of others and nature. We can then draw closer to the truth, discover it, and what we find would be our only truth.
In our egoistic desires, “enjoyable” is that which momentary fills us with pleasure for self-benefit alone, and “unenjoyable” is when we cannot receive the pleasure that we wish for ourselves. The different values that we can discover above our egoistic desires are the contrary: that “enjoyable” becomes the ability to give contentment to others and nature, and “unenjoyable” is that we do not or cannot give contentment to others and nature.
How, then, can we accept the truth?
We need to rise above ourselves in order to view the world from a higher level. We then need to understand what we seek, where we are and where this truth we seek should be.
Likewise, we require much courage to seek and not deviate from the path to truth. According to our egoistic nature, we run away from such a search, and we thus need to feel a certain compulsion in order to embark on the path of truth, and to stay directed at it.
And what truth do we seek?
It is the meaning of life.
We can discover, achieve, reveal, understand, evaluate and feel the meaning of life if we rise above ourselves.
What does it mean, to “rise above ourselves”? It means first that we stop evaluating everything based on our personal tastes and understandings, the myriad evaluative systems we have in our egoistic intellect and sensation.
The difficulty in achieving the truth is thus due to the need to rise above our very selves, the “I” of the person. If we fail to do so, then we will always be under the thumb of our egoistic desires, which feed us with constant lies and which hold us at an infinite distance from the truth.
Yet despite the incredible difficulty in attaining the truth, more and more people feel an attraction to it and are willing to undergo various searches and efforts in order to find it. We have to be prepared for the fact that the truth is an old ugly hag though, according to the above allegory. And we can agree to that precisely because it is the truth.