Crowd-sourcing the truth

Hello friends … I’m working (very slowly) on a novel that involves a religion I’m inventing. One of the pillars of this religion is the concept of a “true saying.”

True sayings are born when a master/priest/rabbi/teacher (the term is still undetermined, but you get the idea) imparts his/her wisdom to a student. That is a personal truth (1 degree). If the student finds this thing to be true, he/she passes it on as a truth of the second generation. If the truth is passed down to the seventh generation, it can then be passed on as a “true saying” or a “true thing.”

Obviously, this system is fraught with dangers, which I plan to explore and exploit in the story … but for now …

If you were a spiritual teacher, what would you pass on as a tested truth? If this is something that your mother or your grandfather told you, have you tested it and would pass it on? And on a related note, what received “truths” of society do you find to be false?

I’m interested in everything from the proverbial (“a stitch in time, saves nine”) to the philosophical (“I think, therefore I am”) to the spiritual (“Love is stronger than fear”).

What are your truths?


8 thoughts on “Crowd-sourcing the truth

  1. From Herb Gliecke, a mentor when I was just starting my own business

    “No matter how hard it gets, never give up.”

    Similarly from Richard Bach in Illusions:

    “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however.”

  2. A stitch in time saves nine.

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

    Listening is a better communication device than raising your voice. (I just made that up, but it comes from my Compassionate Communication training, and from what Tom has told me of Befriender technique.)

    Rarely is anything given for free—lots of strings attached, or hidden agendas. When something is given for free, it’s called love. (I just made that up, too).

  3. ‘The only reason why dog fights do not go on forever is that Providence has decided that on each such occasion there shall always be among those present one Master Mind; one wizard who, whatever his shortcomings in other battles of life, is in this single particular sphere competent and dominating.’. P. G. Wodehouse, ‘The Adventures of Sally’

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