Definitions of ‘true’ include –
In accordance with fact or reality. Accurate or exact.(1)
So, does that mean being ‘true’ is simply a frills-free declaration of every whimsical thought that flits through my head? ‘That makes her look fat’, ‘What a dumb thing to say’, ‘I hate those shoes’.
Or is it something else entirely?
Other definitions of ‘true’ include – Exactly in tune, correctly positioned, upright, level. (2)
Same question then – what does it mean to be ‘true’?
We all have opinions and views – likes, dislikes, tastes etc – but they are just that – our opinions and views and understanding of the world and not necessarily ‘true’ in any objective sense.
However, if I say something and do something different – e.g. say I believe in kindness and then act unkindly – I am definitely not being ‘true’ because there is a discrepancy between my words and deeds. My actions are – out of tune, not ‘on the level’, not in accordance with reality. Definitely not ‘true.’
Which suggests being ‘true’ is the opposite to this.
Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.(3)
Ticks all the boxes?
Photograph – Mrs. Louis C. Smith – archery [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
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(1) Oxford Online Dictionary
(3) The Hidden Words, Bahá’u’lláh
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