Conviction. That is what Kierkegaard is referring to when he talked about finding a truth or an idea for which he can live and die for. Our own conviction will either be agreeable or disagreeable with each other. Nonetheless, if we believe in it, then that is our own truth. It is what martyrs fight and die for.
On the other hand, to walk under the cloak of conviction is like walking in a thin line dividing truth and untruth. Because, while conviction conveys a strong message, still, it is only a perception of truth.
See, many of us are guilty of allowing ourselves to be imprisoned by our own convictions. Sometimes, we jumped from one belief or ideology to another thinking it is truer than the other. And like fools, we stand by it because that is our truth. We think the path we have chosen for ourselves is the ONLY path to Truth.
BUT – – –
“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush,” according to Don Juan, a Yaqui Indian. “Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.” (The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castañeda)
“All paths lead to the same mountain,” said Ramana Maharshi. And so, “what is pointless is to run around the mountain telling everyone they took the wrong way.”
Socrates put it simply as: “All I know is that I know nothing.”
Wisdom is innate in every human. Realizing that, in fact, none of us has any idea of how the creation came into being and how it will end is, by itself, a good knowledge.
Let me borrow some excerpt from a quote I read which was shared by David Fishman of Open Minds that said:
“To seek truth is to deny it. Truth has no fixed abode; there is no path, no guide to it, and the word is not truth.” Because… “when truth is sought, what is found can only come out of ignorance, for the search itself is born of ignorance. You cannot search out reality; you must cease for reality to be.” (The Book of Life, August 4, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995)
Just the same – – –
Do not go on in life without conviction. Conviction is like a compass. It may not be the Absolute Truth but it will guide us to stay in our chosen path. And because it is a truth we can believe even at our deathbed, it will always be truth, at least, for us. “I think, therefore, I am.” (Descartes)
Nonetheless – – –
While believing in our own conviction, we must keep our minds open. Like a child. Do not lose the sense of wonder – – – the curiosity to know. Balance it by constantly looking within our own soul – – – constantly knowing our own self – – – constantly reminding ourselves that we are inside a tesseract where truth is both within our reach and out of reach.
Sooooooooo…from me to you, let me wish that no matter how challenging life can be, I pray that light will always be in your heart (and smile will always be in your lips) and enable you to see – with humor – what the eyes cannot fathom.
Love, light and a thousand and one hugs from me to you.