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Truth First

Truth First

To succeed in any endeavor, we must start with the truth first. Perceptions, impressions and feelings are not equivalent to truth. Truth can be uncomfortable, but in the end, it is far more comfortable and secure than fiction. People often hold assumptions as truth rather than as possibilities. Imagination is powerful, but does not automatically result in physical manifestation—fortunately. Subtle feelings are invaluable. Starting with three-dimensional factual reality, we can explore other “realities” and ultimate Truth, like sages of old. Ultimate Truth is ineffable, best expressed in poetry.
Current revision: paper January 12th, 2022 (first version 2019 July); recording May-August 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
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Starting With Truth is Necessary

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"My Truth" - Perception vs. Reality

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Truth, Security and Comfort

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Truth and Imagination

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Beyond the Physical Senses

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Ultimate Truth

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Referenced works:
Deuteronomy 23:19-20; Leviticus 25:36-37; Ezekiel 18:8-17
M. Scott Peck, M.D., People of the Lie: the Hope for Healing Human Evil (1983) p. 162
Bad and Evil
, Part 4 Evil, p. 9-10 or video/audio 4
John Silkinson, Quakerism Examined, Ch. 4, p. 239-40 (1836 Thomas Ward & Co.)
About Love
Prescription for Peace, 2 Pillars, video/audio 2
M. Scott Peck, M.D., The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth (1983, 2003, Simon & Schuster) Ch. IV Grace, Grace and Mental Illness
Drew Weston et al., "neural Bases of Motivated Reasoning: An fMRI Study of Emotional Constraints on Partisan Political Judgment in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election," Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2006)
Antoine do Saint Exupéry, Flight to Arras (1942)
Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943) p. 33, p. 29, p. 27
John 8:32
John 10:30, 14:9-10
The Bhagavad Gita 2:12-30
Wisdom leading to joy, Cognitive perception of spirituality and the spiritual path, Principles for healthy human societies, Focusing on goodness
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Truth First, op. 6
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