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April 22, 2009

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Lauren

Those two lines tie up into an interesting knot. Sometimes it is more in line with truth to refrain from being honest. And we can certainly be honest without having a clue about the truth. ...perhaps.

Barry Briggs

Hi Lauren - Well, yes, life always ties us into knots, doesn't it. Zen teachers sometimes point to the "inner" meanings of the precepts, which is not always the same as the obvious, "outer" meanings. We might tell a lie, for example, to save the lives of hundreds of people.

However, if we're serious about loving this world, then we might look into how we deceive ourselves and others out of self-centered concerns. Because self-centered deceit, couched as honesty, moves away from the truth and from love. And, as John Lennon wisely said, "Love is all you need."

fw

"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always." --Albert Schweitzer

Barry Briggs

Wow - Great quote, FW. Right to the point of this tidbit! Thank you for offering this.

Barry

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