Philosophy #121

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
Friedrich Nietzsche


This is a quote, not only full with a lot of truth, but also one that most of us will understand. Yet, we can begin by asking, “What is truth?” My personal opinion regarding truth is that we all have a truth, (our own personal truth) there is not a universal truth. I understand (most of you do as well) that we all are looking for the truth, for the one and only thing that could set us free, but in reality, we are free already. We have created endless illusions just so we stay in a comfort zone, our personal comfort zone; Is that right? Well, as I said there is no right or wrong, but if you want to grow; emotionally, spiritually and mentally, then you have to fin your own personal truth and question it. Dissipate the illusions that don’t aid you in your personal growth.

As human beings, we grow without a specific program or set of values, and things we perceive as right or wrong. We built our truth with the hand me down programs of our fathers and mothers, just as they did with their father and mothers, and there is nothing “wrong” with that, but if you want to truly understand yourself and why you get mad when people try to explain THEIR truth to you, then it is time for you to start listening to yourself. Sit in silence and hear what YOU have to say, without any judgment.

There is no secret that I believe in the soul, not because an old book tells me I have to believe in it, but cause I have felt it every time I write. All the things that I write come not from me, but from the depths of me, my soul. I am mentioning the soul because in order for any human being to dissipate their illusions (illusions of other’s that were planted in them) they must sit in silence, they must hear that whisper that says; “You are more than what you see in the mirror. Let me show you what you truly are.” Those words I had heard every time I am ready to give up. You can experience the same ecstasy.

Do not be afraid to listen to YOUR truth, not my truth or other peoples’ truth. All the illusions of your forefathers will dissipate and you’ll be surprised to see what is left. Never be afraid to face yourself, to question yourself. Do not listen to others when they offer you the truth, there is not such a thing. YOU can only know what your personal truth is.

Indeed “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” It’s one of Nietzsche’s quotes that will continue to resonate in the depths of my inner being every time I hear people criticizing MY truth or the truth of the ones I love. It will also resonate when I try to judge another person’s truth.

Remember to stay true to yourself and to never follow another’s path. You are YOU for a reason and there is not another like you. Take advantage of your uniqueness and do something to build yourself as you want to be. Stay YOU, and continue shining because this world needs more people like you.

Leave your thoughts about this quote, I am intrigued to read how you perceive this quote or how you can dissect it further. Thank you and don’t forget to think, for a thing will be just a thing, until you think beyond that thing.

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21 thoughts on “Philosophy #121

  1. The Truth is so obvious, but people don’t want to be silent and hear their inner you. People forget about the greatness of God, and that’s why they feel wrong.

    Thanks for sharing, love Nietzsche’s quotes too. 🙂

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    1. In the context of Nietzsche, is this not an attack against religion, saying that religion does not like to move away from its illusions, rather than a support of it? I recall him also writing ‘Religion: Not wanting to know what is true.’ Your thoughts?


  2. when we theorize truth we assume that we know who seeks it, and there lies the illusion of who this self is. Dr Mc Taggart in his book “Studies in Hegelian Cosmology” explains the self, thus, and I quote,‘ What does the self include, Everything of which it is conscious. What does it exclude? Equally-Everything of which of which it is conscious. What can it say is not inside it? Nothing. What can it say is not outside it. A single abstraction. And any attempt to remove the paradox destroys the self. For the two sides are inevitably connected. If we try to make it a distinct individual by separating it from all other things, it loses all content, of which it can be conscious, and so loses the very individuality which we started by trying to preserve. If, on the other hand, we try to save its content, by emphasizing the inclusion at the expense of the inclusion, then the consciousness vanishes; and since the self has no contents, but the objects of which it is conscious, the content vanishes also’

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      1. I really like it because I feel that the premise of the quote had something to do with the end of a friendship recently. She (my friend) genuinely sounded as if she was well aware of the illusion she was holding onto and preferred to just accept that rather than see/live the truth. It’s a great quote, one to keep around, thanks for sharing.

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