What is the truth?

Given that reality is perceptual, we would be willing to assume that truth must be perceptual as well.

Many people experience a single event (like January 6th) and there are thousands of accounts (as experienced by each person). Are they all the truth?

This aphorism is penned by my friend, Doug. I have never asked him what he meant by it. I only presume… so what follows is my truth even if disparate from his intention. People have experiences and walk from them with a sense of what transpired.

Yet, there are countless statements regarding January 6 that can be curated from direct witnesses, participants and viewers on tv. If everyone were on a truth serum and had to express the “truth” about what happened, would all the accounts correlate in perfect alignment to one another? (Not a chance!)

So based on this circumstance, is there a universal truth?

This is where I believe Doug’s beautiful metaphor comes into play. If you look at January 6 through the eyes of what most people define God as being (omnipowerful, omniscient, omnipresent) then from that God’s perspective there must (by definition) be a singular truth. Only one absolute account (and, assuming that God can know what is in the hearts and minds of everyone simultaneously) then that would have to be the truth.

So, to Doug’s point, truth may have many faces, but only one heart. When he reads my account today and I get corrected for not having the first clue what he meant(like Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall) I will send commentary tomorrow as to what I got wrong. Please correct me Doug😊

Looking at the aphorism from a slightly less specific perspective, I think there is a slightly different take to the same thought. In this particular perspective, I think the essence of the statement means that deep down inside, truth is a virtue that shines clearly when it is not obfuscated by distortion and distraction layers. There is usually a core truth to most things and that is perhaps felt by the heart, regardless of what the mind is seeing. Some might qualify this as a gut reaction….

or something that comes from vibrations at a higher level. It is certainly some thing that you experience when you look at yourself in the mirror and you are evaluating something.

On a slightly different topic, I flew to Florida today for a tradeshow. It is the first time I have been in a plane in four years. It’s nice to finally get out of Los Angeles for a while.😊

Happy Sunday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!