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October 11, 2011

The Whole Truth and . . .

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:08 am

To quote my favorite doctor, Dr. Gregory House, “Everybody lies.” No one tells the whole truth because we only have access to part of it at any given time.

Here’s how we play the game: We have a piece of truth and then we build a belief system around it, most of which we can’t substantiate or validate. That does not stop us from prattling it as the whole truth.

When we stick to our truth, we stay stuck.

We extrapolate from our piece of truth and build belief systems that have so many holes in them that they couldn’t possibly be the whole truth. Swiss cheese is jealous.

The truth is we have opinions, most often uninformed, like a majority of the voting populace. Apparently, Winston Churchill agrees with my opinion. He said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” I’m also fond of another of his quotes: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” He could have easily put “truth teller” in the place of the word “fanatic.”

Here’s a recommendation for all of us: Stop propping up your piece of truth. It will stand on its own without your fanatical support. Stick with the piece you can validate and my experience is that you’ll enjoy more peace of mind.

There’s a great reminder in the Van Morison song, “Domino” about not extrapolating the truth from a piece of it. He sings:

There’s no need for argument
There’s no argument at all
And if you never hear from him
That just means he didn’t call

How often do we spin the whole truth from one tiny piece of it? We would serve ourselves and those we care about much better by claiming less of the truth.

The next time you are about to prop up your piece of truth with opinions write a blog post like I have. That way we all know what it is – an opinion with a kernel of truth.

 

All the best,

John

P.S. Today is my 4th Blog-o-versary. Thank you to all who suggested I write one and thank you to all of you who choose to read it.

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