Sunday, December 27, 2015

Truth  Yulmonath 27th
Eighth night of Yule
Sacred to Skadi and Ullr in mind the importance of the hunters in our lives.  On this day try to remember Skathi and Ullr as Gods of the hunt.  Our ancestors still hunted this time of year to keep meats and nourishment on the table even though hunting in the north this time of year was difficult and dangerous.  While men may no longer have to go out and spear a mastodon to feed their family, many men remain the primary breadwinners in the home, and find themselves under increasing pressure to continue to provide well.  Raise a horn to those that provided the meat on the table as we feast and share.


On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Truth.  The quality or state of being true.  Synonyms: veracity, sincerity, candor, honesty.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson

The virtue of Truth sounds pretty simple.  It basically means that you don’t tell lies. However, there is more to practicing Truth than that.  For example, the easiest way to avoid telling lies is to never do anything that you aren't comfortable telling people about.  You need to be honest with yourself, too.

Don’t give yourself excuses for doing things that you believe are wrong that make them sound like they are okay.  You don’t make stealing right by saying that no one will miss what you take.  Telling lies so you won’t be punished for doing something you know you shouldn’t have just makes what you did worse, not better.  Part of practicing truth is having the courage to always own up to what you did.

Truthfulness means that the speaker should say what is so, as he sees and understands it, and that he should express what is in his mind.  Under certain circumstances this may be difficult, and may even cause annoyance, harm and danger.  But our conscience reminds us that truth is an obligation, that it is something absolute and sublime. owl is a symbol of wisdom and truth.  We must also note that in regard to truthfulness in daily life it makes a difference if one possesses interior certainty in regard to the various situations, and also if one is a master of the language and quick to define and distinguish.  This is a matter of ethical culture with which education should deal.  Many a lie arises from shyness and embarrassment, and also from insufficient master of the language.

Probably the most important thing to know about practicing truth is that not everyone agrees about what is true.  Sometimes things that seem to contradict each other can both be true.  There is a story about a group of blind men who 'looked' at an elephant and then argued about whether an elephant was like a snake, a wall, a tree, or a vine.  Each one had an idea that was true (the elephant’s trunk, body, leg, and tail), but none of them had the whole picture.

If you really believe something is true, you don't have to make other people agree with you.  You are only responsible for yourself.  Maybe the people you disagree with know something you don't.  Maybe they aren't ready to see what you do.  Good friends can "agree to disagree" on lots of things without having to quit being friends.

Glad Yuletide to Everyone.  Hail!






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