I began keeping a journal when I was 16 years old. I still have them and periodically go back and look at them. I am always struck at how many times I wrote about finding the Truth, as if there was some great illusive mystery being kept from me and it was my personal quest to uncover this secret Truth. Now, in my later years I have come to realize that it is personal perspective that makes something true and each person has his/her own unique perspective.

There are over 38,000 denominations of Christianity and at least 10,000 other religious faiths in the world. Each one of them believes their interpretation of the Universe is the Truth. But there is not only One Truth. There are as many Truths as there are people on the planet. The Truth is not what someone interprets for you. It is what you find in your own Soul. So find your Truth and then honor it. For honoring your Truth is what integrity is built on.

But also be respectful of other people’s Truths, even if they seem so far away from yours. Their path is their own and yours is not the same.

10 people can watch an event and there will be 10 different versions of what happened because each person has a unique perspective that comes from past experiences, present emotions, and basic beliefs. There won’t be only one correct person of the 10, they will all be correct. Why? Because each of us sees what we are meant to see for our own growth. It is as if each one of us has a personal movie screen on which the world plays out its scenes specifically for each one of us.

Even though Truth is different for everyone because it’s dependent on how each of us perceives, it’s our integrity that impacts how we perceive Truth.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not a truth.” –Marcus Aurelius

“The search for truth is more precious than its possession.” -Albert Einstein

“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” –Gandhi

“The process of learning anew is more the process of unlearning that which is not true.” –Paul V. Johnson

“The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.” –Stanley Kubrick

“We cannot know the truth by what seems to be true from a single point of view.” -Christian Larson

“Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.” -Shoseki

“There is no truth. Only points of view.” –Dame Edith Stilwell

“Truth is not determined by majority vote.” -Doug Gwyn

“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding the truth.” -Ludwig Borne

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.” -Maimonides

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