The risk of truth

Here are eight words that’ll make you uncomfortable:

The opposite of what we believe is possible.

I believe that there’s no higher power, no entity that is responsible for the organisation of the universe. I believe that our lives are empty, meaningless, like a blank canvas. But onto that canvas we can paint whatever meaning we want. 

I believe that the majority of the human race don’t know why they say what they say and do what they do. And that the people who are the best in the world at a thing can’t communicate why.

I believe that good intentions cause great harm. And that the latest generations are the most tolerant, the most open, the most considerate, but also capable of the most incredible hate, waste and stupidity. 

The opposite of all the above is possible, however improbable. Now, I don’t know about you, but I find that humbling. 

Our beliefs—and the thinking that these beliefs are founded upon—are the scaffolding that supports our entire mental landscape. From our foundational beliefs spring our moral compass, our character’s development, our personality, the philosophy behind our actions and our interactions with others, and much, much more. But if the opposite of what we believe is possible, then it follows that the foundation upon which we have built our lives could come tumbling down at any time.

That’s the risk you take when you search for truth. If you find it, it will either fortify the structure you’ve already built, or it’ll be like a wrecking ball, forcing you to reconsider and rebuild the entire architecture of your life.