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Truth, Lies, and Being Spiritual

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on December 28, 2018 18:03

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Political neutrality seems impossible, but we can do it by fostering a truthful and civil conversation. We may not avoid our own biases, but allowing other voices to be heard spares us from being divided. Isn’t it also spiritual to relentlessly pursue truth and fairness in public discourse?

What we see around us is a mirage of images and false impressions. We hear the lies and falsehoods not only from politicians but also from religious leaders. And yes, from some respected people in our communities, too.

Our toxic media environment is but a reflection of who we are. And social media, which can be a tool to connect communities, has become a cesspool impossible to clean up. From the stories of our traditions to our notions of public self, we have created or, at least, contributed to, this environment by condoning, promoting, and ignoring falsehood in our news feed. Even the most spiritual of persons can be vulnerable to or has become a conduit of disinformation and propaganda.

We don’t often see the lies at the surface. We’re blinded and prevented from seeing the truth by our cultural ego. We think that since we’ve done it for a long time, the lies would somehow transform into norms. Christmas stories, for example, got hijacked by capitalism and excessive consumerism. Poor little Juan, he’s still waiting for Santa to visit him in a dark Manila slum to deliver him presents.

As we look forward to 2019, may we let the truth shine and abolish the lies, hoaxes, and disinformation and propaganda whether from governments or from spiteful individuals. In the age of “fake news” and biased reporting, the truth is the first casualty.

Political neutrality seems impossible these days. But we can do it by fostering a truthful and civil conversation. We may not avoid our own biases, but allowing other voices to be heard spares us from being divided.

Isn’t it also spiritual to relentlessly pursue truth and fairness? Despite the advancements in science and technology, many of us remain religious, holding certain forms of spirituality, whether of western or eastern varieties. Oftentimes though, spirituality and practice stand opposite each other -- spirituality refers to matters spiritual and religious, and practical action refers to the secular self and how we conduct ourselves in society.

Spirituality pertains to the inner spirit, to the essence of being human. It is the spirit that universally connects us through our collective ideals, values, and aspirations. In this sense, spirituality means reflective action, enabling us to see beneath the surface, the underlying structures of our being, both as individuals and as social actors.

Doing things for the common good is a spiritual act; so does loving your family and the people around you. Being truthful and respectful of other people’s beliefs and opinions are as spiritual as worshiping God.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on December 28, 2018 18:03

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Andrew Klavan , PJ Media The truth lies in the results.

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