The Buddha's first great discovery was "All life is suffering." It gets better. His second great discovery was "The way to freedom from suffering is to not care about anything." That's it. Buddhism in two sentences. Get those down and you are as enlightened as the Buddha was. Or, you could just say, "Suffering is just part of it, don't let it get in your way!" Or, "If you take anything too seriously, it will rob you of all the rest!" Or, "Finding the balance point between too much and too little is the trick to having it made!" The Buddha talked about finding the balance point. He called it "The Third Way." Sometimes, "The Middle Way." And recommended living between too much and too little in all things great and small. Now, you really have all it takes to be a Buddha. And, the Buddha would agree. He would say, "Everybody is a Buddha!" And he would be right about that. It is a potential for us all, anyway. Finding the balance point creates harmony throughout our life, and carries over into all the world.
One person's religion is another person's folly. Absolute truth is a very relative thing. And so it is said that true religion does not take itself seriously or impose itself on others, and laughs at the very idea of having the last word about anything. The best science, like the best religion, looks askance at everything pretending to be a fact. An absolute fact is laughed out of the room. The most factual thing you can think of is factual only under certain conditions. Put a banana in a jar and tighten the lid. Wait two weeks and tell me what you have in the jar. Things change. That is an absolute fact. So far as we know. The fact of things changing doesn't change. So far as we know. Everything that is so is so so far as we know. So what? So back off and reconsider. Sit quietly and reflect. See how our seeing is impacting our life, and look to see what all is there. There is how we see things, and there is how things are. And it is easy to think the two are one, and difficult to separate the one into two. So do the work. And see how that changes things. Softens things. Moves things toward pliability, flexibility, transparency, and life. For the sake of life.
Truth that is too true is intolerable, unacceptable, outlandish, heretical, obscene, apostate, blasphemous and sentenced to death. Examples are everywhere. Jesus was crucified because he spoke a truth that was too true to be true ("The father and I are one," for one). Galileo was forced to recant his declarations about the earth, sun and stars. Darwin is still despised in some circles for his truth about evolution. Racial equality is anathema to white supremacists. Climate change and vaccinations are ridiculed by their deniers. The list is long and incredibly sad. How will we ever be One when we cannot acknowledge the same truth? Colonel Nathan R. Jessup's, "You can't handle the truth!" is the truest truth that has ever been spoken, and he speaks to us all, and to himself, because there is a truth even he cannot handle. "There is the way things are, and there is the way things also are, and that's the way things are!" We don't want to consider the "also are." We just want to say, "THIS is the way things are!" and let that be that. But. Yin is balanced by Yang, and Yang by Yin. And "Truth is found between the hands," (On the one hand this, and on the other hand that, and on the other hand, that over there...") And that leaves us with being lenient, kind, receptive, accepting, open to and tolerant of, what is also true on all levels at all times. And firmly opposed to what is not true, in all times and places. Working that out pushes us to the brink, and we walk a fine line across a slippery slope, along a dangerous path like a razor's edge. The work of truth is not for the faint of heart. Or the narrow-minded.