One warm spring morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mrs. Lucile Michie gave our high school English class some quiet time to just think. After a few minutes, I suddenly became aware of truth, beauty, and goodness as a trio of living spiritual realities. But I had no idea how much work it would take to blaze a trail between values as we experience them in daily living and the spiritual experience I had just been given. One thing I learned is that truth is more of a who than a what. And I came to see Jesus’ teaching, “Seek and you will find” as encouragement for all seekers.
In its simplicity, truth is divine truth, and living the truth is first and foremost a spiritual experience. But that is not the whole story. When we think of truth in a more complex way, we can speak of cosmic truth: it has a spiritual core; a periphery, the truths of science; and a bridge between the two, the truths of philosophy. Truth in its fullness embraces all three dimensions.
The photo symbolizes cosmic truth: there is the light of spiritual value, the material, factual detail of the forest, and a path of wisdom that bridges our way as we follow the light.
A timely truth, acted on, leads to character growth. Skepticism about truth is common; some persons would rather speak of intuition or insight. People are free to choose the language that fits their discoveries. But skepticism is transformed when people go forth to grow in the area they choose by putting into practice chosen truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience.
The photo, titled “Forest walk” is by Dave: http://mrg.bz/YaEwcs