Let’s Have a Conversation About Truth

ALL TRUTH IS PARADOX. This words I first read from one of my favorite writers Anne Lamott. And like most of the time when I come across something profound, I will always find a way to incorporate it into my life. For some reason though, those words stirred up a lot of dissonance, not that it’s a special or unique occurrence, but since I laid eyes on these words they just won’t stop gnawing at me.

Over the weekend, I spent it reflecting over a lot of things. I have become an ardent reflector this days. Although I think I have always been one to do a lot of contemplation just that nowadays I do it with more conscious awareness. I suspect it has something to do with age as well. Anyways…. ALL TRUTH IS PARADOX. What could this words mean for me and my reality at the moment?

It’s been a weekend of going back and forth over a lot of what has transpired in my life. The hurts I have caused (this gremlin has a way of stirring the worst tirade of self-flegation), hurts that have been done to me (I know I am in a good mind frame because none of the thoughts triggered feelings of revenge), betrayals, achievements, failures. It was a lot of reflections. And here is where the words by Anne Lamott made sense, that with every experience there’s always another side to it. Hurt someone? You extend mercy when you are hurt because you will be in need of it at some point. Feeling betrayed? You extend mercy even if it means cutting ties and links because stewing there longer than is necessary Will make you stagnate and ripe for dishing out the same. Achieved much? You check your hubris meter, and surround yourself with people who can put you in check because you risk becoming condescending and disregarding sound advice otherwise. And so on. ALL TRUTH IS PARADOX is to say nothing is permanent. And I guess it’s life’s work to figure that out.

And so I look at the state of the nation. Politics. And I wonder to myself how does “ALL TRUTH IS PARADOX” figure? Then I read Boniface Mwangi’s experience as a political aspirant. The question that came to my mind? Do we all need to stop and think. And change a certain narrative? Black and white and certainty. And lynch mentality. How do we evolve to better? It’s just tough questions I ask. I know for sure there’s nothing simple and that all truth is paradox…


Please use this for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for seeking out professional help. The views expressed here in are  from my personal experiences as well as from those I have interacted with. And while one may resonate with what is shared, it’s not a substitute for appreciating your own unique personal experience. Always do your own research and due deligence on any topic to guard against being hoodwinked

Published by nasewangari

Clinical Psychologist| Humanist| Great passion for demystifying and decolonizing mental health

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