One of the greatest triggers for a spiritual journey is an insatiable thirst for the “Ultimate Truth”.
Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, pantheist, atheist or agnostic—your idea of “reality” is initially shaped by what society tells you.
When we’re born, we’re given a name, a gender and an identity that is strictly based on what society deems “acceptable”.
As we grow up, however, many of us identify an endemic flaw in the social construction of reality. And at some point, we realize that we’re not who we’re told we are; we are who we allow ourselves to be.
Through this epiphany, we embark on our own journey to discover what it means to be human—to be alive. We walk through different avenues to find an answer to the great perennial questions of life.
Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of all this?
As we walk through a nexus of possibilities, we discover various doors that lead to “the Ultimate Truth”. For some of us, that’s science; for others, religion. Some cling to their belief in an ancient, omnipresent, benevolent God; while others submit to the Socratic treatise, “I know that I know nothing”.
But the Truth, they say, lies somewhere in between…
Your Truth vs. My Truth
Every religion talks about a higher power, a divine source from whence we came. The details vary considerably, but ultimately, each one claims to know exactly how the universe came into being and how it will come to an end.
Science, on the other hand, questions, hypothesizes and challenges. It disregards anything that is not backed by tangible evidence. In doing so, it offers its own testable theories and explanations regarding the origins of the world. As a result, it sets logic on a divine pedestal and deems it worthy of complete submission.
Regardless of which school of thought you belong to—whether it’s mystical, conservative, liberal, religious, New Agey, rational, cultural or political—your perception of truth is grounded in subjectivity.
This isn’t a “bad” thing. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a beautiful testament to your authenticity as a human being, as it helps others like yourself gain a better understanding of this world.
According to a 13th-century Persian theologian, “There are as many paths to God as there are souls on Earth”.
Wouldn’t it be beautiful to consider for a moment that the beauty of truth actually lies in choice?