“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was completely right. Today, truth is getting lost amidst a sea of false information. Rather than love truth people choose to love their opinions.
Also, people have learned to fear information. Which affects their ability to know what truth is. Lines have become so blurred some can’t recognize this precious commodity.
Do you love seeking the truth? Or want to?
Today’s post is here to celebrate truth by defining the importance of learning. To also show the difference between mental limits and personal boundaries. Areas a truth-seeker know very well.
People tend to feel that being open puts their beliefs in great danger. But only those who are shaky in their beliefs to begin with feel this threat. I’m hoping you’ll understand it’s possible to live with openness and still have roots in the truth.
Learning is a form of communication.
A back and forth. A give and take. Not allowing “I don’t understand” to stop you from moving forward and discovering.
Learning isn’t a one-way street. Information ingested like a favorite meal. Meant to please, satiate, and comfort us as passive bystanders. We must interact with, mull over, and use information. Get angry with it. Throw it out the window then rush outside to pick it up once more. It’s an experience of testing where you stand. An interaction of heart and mind.
Learning is knowing there are no limits. I want you to imagine a wide-open field like the picture above. Beautiful, unknown, never-ending. Much like this image, our minds are vast open fields waiting to be walked upon and explored.
We often do a disservice to ourselves, though, by building a fence around a small patch of grass. Rather than recognizing the expanse before us.
Learning is when the confines of one’s mind expands to fit more. How sad to keep one’s mental fence the same size and disregard anything which expands its limits. But, my heart sings knowing you, dear reader, aren’t this type.
Boundaries vs. Limits
A truth-seeker knows there’s a difference between mental limits and personal boundaries. We make personal boundaries for the protection of what’s already sacred. We remove mental limits to expand who we are and what we know.
Boundaries are the home bases from which I know how to act. How I decide what to let in. My mother’s fearful outlook on life used to make me subject to emotional downfall. I’d find myself parayzed with fear unable to trust myself after speaking with her.
So I learned to create a boundary to protect my truth: life is abundant and beautiful. Since then, my relationship with her is the best it’s ever been.
Boundaries give me the ability to recognize the truth when emotions blur my focus. We should have boundaries built for many aspects of our lives.
Mental limits, though, determine our openness. Our openness gives us the courage to connect with a stranger. Or question the world’s current state of affairs. To imagine new possibilities with curiosity taking the lead. Being comfortable wandering and exploring the unknown.
We should be collectors of knowledge looking to expand the depth and breadth of who we are and what we know. For this part of our lives, we should live without limits.
How big is your fence?
“The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
Being open to learning is crucial to becoming the best version of yourself. Disregard anyone who questions your hunger for truth.
As a child, most couldn’t handle my curiosity. I used to feel ashamed having so many questions but now it’s my prized possession. Curiosity leads us to new worlds. Questions unravel secrets and expand limits.
Take a moment and imagine how big your mental fence is. Small? Quite large?
We tend to feel discomfort when information contradicts what we currently believe. So we fight to keep our fences small. This must be overcome. We need to loosen our fierce grip on taking sides and be open instead.
Besides, not all knowledge is equal. There are many words, ideas, and movements out there. Some won’t be as good as others. It’s up to you to know the garbage from the truth. Otherwise, you’re a passive person existing on the opinions of others.
As you expand what you know, ask yourself if the knowledge is pure and true. Will it stand the test of time?
As Ryan Holiday stated:
“Almost all the books I love have one thing in common: They have stood the test of time. I try to ask myself: Is this thing going to last? Will history be kind to it?”
In conclusion, stand rooted in the foundation of your personal boundaries. But remove mental limits when it comes to seeking truth. As a truth-seeker prepare for your opinions to change throughout the course of your life.
Be curious without shame. Interact with new information and decide whether to keep or discard it.
Are you open to expanding? If not what’s holding you back? Let me know your thoughts below.
Write down a list of 3 books or topics you want to read about. Benjamin P. Hardy recently recommended this book: How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life.