TRUTH AND LIGHT

Take a look at the color of the words on this page. Take a look at the clothing you're wearing. What colors do you see? 

Webster's dictionary tells us that light is not only a source of illumination, but also "a way of regarding something; aspect; see the situation in a different light."

Light, in it's purest form, is invisible. It is the properties of other objects that reflect only portions of the light's overall spectrum that allow it to be seen.

When we usually talk about light, we refer to that visible spectrum of rainbow colors that can be seen with the naked eye. But light also exists in wavelengths that are not visible to us.

We absorb some of those invisible rays of light, and others pass right through us. What is not absorbed or passed through is reflected back and can be viewed by the human eye. So really, we're bombarded with light all the time, and only some of that light gets filtered through special lenses in our head and into our brain for processing.

So to reach the truth about ourselves, we must ask, "Does a life consist of those things that we reflect, those that we absorb, or both? Is it what's in us that counts, or what we reflect to the world? Is what's inside us the same that we reflect to the world, or do we project to others something we're not? Can you live with yourself if what you showcase to your friends is different from the inner being that dwells within you?  What about the light that passes through us?"

Look at those colors of your clothing again. If you see red, you are really only seeing red being reflected back at you. That garment is absorbing all of the rest of the colors of the visible spectrum. So is the garment really red, or is it all colors except red? Is the make-up, the true essence of the garment the color that's reflected, or the colors that are absorbed?

What about racists who hate others because of skin color? The hues they hate are the colors their own skin absorbs. Does a racist really just see the reflection of his inward being? Could his anger be an expression of the unleashed hatred of himself? Sigmund Freud claimed that one can "least well bear to see what is so much like oneself, yet so different."  In order to search out the truth we must see the situation in as many different lights as possible. We must look at the internal make-up of information presented to us and not just the external reflection that appears before our eyes.    

Another part of the definition of light is to "provide information about," as in "shed light upon" or "throw light upon." Just as our brain can only process that small amount of visible light that is reflected, so also are we bombarded with information for our brain to process, and the accurateness and truthfulness of that information is dependent on a myriad of factors including the filters that information goes through before it gets to us.

The Social Security page of our Government section shows a good example of a filter at work a steady flow of headlines paints a system in crises that needs "saving", at the same time the actions of our politicians actually further weakens the program that needs "saving".  Information passed down to our populace about our retirement system is actually being filtered in a way that projects concern, while actions reveal a lack thereof.

Information processing is also subject to the limitations of the human brain to comprehend and link the significance and importance of various facts and figures. In order to search out the truth we must identify as many of those filters as possible so we can see how the information we want to process looked before it was distorted. Our ability to do so is inherent in the human brain, but the capacity to do so depends on how we train our own brains. 

Click the brain on the right for more on truth and the human brain.