Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Do I really want to know the truth?

11. Knowledge is freedom, freedom from ignorance and its offspring, fear; knowledge is light and liberation,
12. Knowledge that the world contains itself, and its origins, and the mind of man,
13. From which comes more knowledge, and hope of knowledge again,
14. Dare to know; that is the motto of enlightenment.

A.C. Grayling, The Good Book, Genesis, Chapter 2: 11-14

And Unitarian Universalists value the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

UUs believe that it is better to know the truth no matter how upsetting, how painful, how disturbing, than to live in ignorance.

But the search for truth has its costs. It can be challenging and difficult, and at times we feel ambivalent. Maybe things are better left unsaid, the truth kept hidden away, let sleeping dogs lie, sweep it under the rug, why even go there, if you don't want to know the answer better to not ask the question.

But the scripture in the Good Book says in Genesis 2: 14 - "Dare to know"

It takes courage, determination, perseverance. Ignorance is bliss, but truth can hurt. However, in the long run it will set you free. This is our faith.

1 comment:

  1. This is our faith. And so why aren't more UUs speaking up for Bradly Manning? Why aren't more UUs supported of Julian Assange and Wiki Leaks? What UUs have supported Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers?

    Knowledge is power and the UUA refuses to deal with Robin Edgar even though he has done Unitarian Universalism a huge service in keeping people more honest.


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