Two quotes, hidden in the recesses of my mind, were attempting to speak to me this morning as I awoke. I could not remember them verbatim so I turned to my notebooks, “Notes of Note,” and at last have found one of them. It is from William Cullen Bryant: “Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.” Truth is hard to come by these days and some of us are asking the question Pilate put to Jesus a long time ago: “What is truth?” There are others who don’t even ask that question, accepting whatever is said that pleases them as being true. Conspiracy theories are having a hay-day and they drive me nuts!
Truth is a reality and though “crushed” by those who want to live in an “alternative reality” truth shall “rise again.” Even at this very moment, when veracity seems scarce, truth is breaking through—rising above the ridiculous—“breaking forth from the bud.” At the core of this universe, truth resides, whether discovered by the scientist or experienced by the religious. We do not struggle alone in our search for truth. God is on the side of truth and truth shall rise above the ashes of lies as surely as the sun at the start of a new day. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Good Friday may occupy the throne for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of the drums of Easter.”
“Truth crushed to earth shall rise again,” reminds me, too, of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.”
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod on me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
I could not find the second quote that lurked in my mind this morning (and that will plague me all day long) but I did find this one of Carlyle, “No lie can live forever.” A new age is dawning and it cannot be quelled by “an illusion wrapped in superficiality” or by the delusional. It is already breaking from the bud and it cannot be turned back. That we live in a global village is fact. That fact can’t be erased. This very day, my son and his wife are in China, sharing how our society deals with “special children” in our educational system and creating a partnership with educators there. That we live in a diverse society is a fact—and it is difficult to do so—but you cannot ignore it or go back to another time when the so-called “different” were isolated from those who thought themselves superior. “Truth crushed to earth shall rise again.”