For this week’s challenge I want us to get philosophical up in here. What do you know for sure? What did you know in youth but lose sight of maturity? What is something really important that you have learned through experience? If money were no object what would you be doing?
Many years ago,
When I was a young man
Idealism was idealism.
I thought I knew most things
I had a handle on what was going on.
Maturity and experience changed all that.
I learned for example that truth comes in many forms.
What I see and you see can be the same thing
But our interpretation can vary
Due to the context in which we view it.
I discovered this in two ways.
Through the study of history
And through the stark reality of witnessing death.
History taught me that people can see the same event
But can respond differently
One can see the perspective of one side over another
One can explain the circumstances from the viewpoint
Of events that happened
Personalities involved who each shaped
And crafted the situation to suit their own political leanings.
Death can be the same
What I saw the day a man was killed
Conflicted greatly with the recollections of the perpetrator
Who saw an opposite truth to mine.
I learned there are degrees of truth.
We never disputed the death
We did though the turn of events leading to it.
I would prefer to think that there is one truth
But it can so easily be twisted
Moulded into a shape we may not even recognise
And doubt our version reflects what we think is truth.
When I was young I was wise as the world was simple
Now I am old it is clouded in’ ifs and buts’
But my conscious is all I have to guide me
Deciding which truth is the more true.