Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Your actions reflect the beliefs that you hold so dear

- PP Wangchuk innervoice@hindustant­imes.com

Truth can be as untrue as an untruth can be the truth. Simply put, your truth may be someone else’s untruth, just as my sweet could be your poison.

What is true today may not remain the same tomorrow or the day after. This means that truth is highly relative and subjective.

As Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspectiv­e, not the truth.” We use facts and perspectiv­es as the basis for calling something ‘true’, but they could very well be beguiling.

Essentiall­y, there is hardly a wall between a truth and a lie.

The highway to truth is laden with lies and people choose one of them as per their suitabilit­y for a given occasion. The choice is often based on one’s whims and fancies.

That is why we have Chloe Thurlow, the queen of romantic novels, saying this point so beautifull­y: “If we sometimes lie and sometimes tell the truth, no one can be certain what they are hearing at any given time. Like yin and yang, truth and lies are inseparabl­e, each containing a seed of the other.” But the reality is that to live a reasonably contented and happy life, one needs to believe in the existence of truth and untruth. It is your belief in certain kinds of truth that makes you go ahead in life and do remarkably good things. And, similarly, it is the belief in the utter uselessnes­s of siding with falsehood that makes you a loving, compassion­ate and caring person.

The truth is, you are what you believe in, and your actions reflect the beliefs that you hold so dear to yourself.

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