“The truth might cost you for a moment, but it will set you free for life” – Joe Darko
I went to the movies with my girlfriend to see UNKNOWN. It was a great movie. As usual, I am always looking for the little wisdom in everything. One thing which stuck out to me was the words of an old man. The old man said “A the story of liar changes, but the truth remains constant”. This stuck it to me because I believe in the truth. I am not going to lie, but the truth at times is hard to tell. Have you ever lied and wished you never did? That is what lying does; lying can’t stand the test of time. The truth on the other hand, stand the test of time no matter what.
I was about 10 years old when I first saw the verse “…and the truth shall set you free…” in the Bible. For a moment, I said to myself “who in their right mind will tell the truth if they are about to get killed for doing something wrong? I did not understand that scripture because I was young and I was enjoying lying to my mom to avoid the next belt.
I grew up pondering about this and it made more sense the deeper I thought about it, including the experiences which came with it. The truth sets you free in the sense that, it leads you into a brighter path and it shapes you to become a better person. In my case, I would have learned some lessons about 10 years ago from the belt which would have saved me a lot of trouble now. The truth for a moment might cost you but in the long run, you will be at peace – something everyone is looking for in this world. There is no great feeling as feeling at peace even through the storms.
Anytime you tell a lie, you will always have to come up with another lie to cover up the first lie; this brings discomfort and causes more problems. The truth leaves you at peace and it will make you feel good and help you feel comfortable as you attack and face the problem in the right and matured way possible. Once you tell a lie, you develop the tendencies of becoming a pathological liar for life. To become a better person, you do not need to grow up to become someone who lies for no reason. You will end help hurting yourself and the people you love most.
The truth stands alone when everything fails around you.