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Yes, people who prioritize truth always have something that they aren't happy about. Say for instance, Jesus knew he was going to die, and it was the truth, he wasn't always happy about it, but he preferred it to the utter misery that comes with upholding lies. The way a person can be happy with the truth is to know the truth intimately, not just a truth here and a truth there but to DWELL and abide in the truth, then one won't give place to the devil and submit to his lies that you are not important. "harmony" in the sense that people view it, is a place without standards neither recognizing the difference between good and evil, a life of seared conscience. There you have it, my thoughts. You either are happy with the truth and chose to dwell with it, or you visit the truth and are ambivilant, or you dislike the truth and are unhappy.
Originally posted by WWu777
I saw a quote in an episode of Star Wars Clone Wars, the animated series, that said:
"Truth will enlighten your mind, but it will not always bring you happiness."
Isn't that so true? So I got to thinking: Are truth and happiness mutually exclusive?
Have you noticed the following: People who prioritize happiness over truth tend to be fake, artificial and self-deluded. But people who prioritize truth over happiness tend to be jaded and cynical.
Is there a way to harmonize both extremes or have both? Truth is often disturbing and unpleasant. Most people prefer reality to be simple, orderly and make sense - that's why most people tend to close their minds and stick to rigid narrow paradigms. Illusion is often more comfortable than truth.
Is there a way to work within truth toward happiness? What do you think?
What about truth vs. harmony? Which is more important? Are they perpetually in conflict? Are lies necessary to preserve harmony?
In Asian cultures, I am told that harmony is the highest value, and truth is often sacrificed and suppressed to preserve harmony. That's why "speaking out" is not encouraged in Asian cultures.