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Truth

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Poetry
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The hardest substance known to man: it bends; never breaks

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So maybe there is some limit to love. Or at least some limit to who you can love, some sort of unwritten law of love, dictating what is and isn’t allowed. Though who made this law? And when and where was it made? How can we know what we’ve never seen?

Perhaps certain invisible laws are scribbled on our hearts the moment we enter this world. Perhaps this is the reason for the distinction between good and evil, between love and hate. At the center of death there is life, precisely the life of death, but is there really good at the center of evil, love at the center of hate?

I don’t think lying is something that you can just love. And I don’t think there is truth at the center of lying. We can never birth a truth from a lie, no matter what we think. (Though if you ask me tomorrow I might say the opposite.)

Almost I entitled this post #justdon’tlove, but decided against it. If there is anything in life that we deserve it is love. Everyone deserves to be loved and to give love to others. And even if we don’t agree with something or like something, it doesn’t mean that we have to hate it. Instead of hating, we should like-without-liking, love-without-loving. That is to say, we can love all things without being “in love” with them.

This “amazing woman” that I wrote about before is worth loving. I know this from the dregs of my soul. But the dregs of her soul doesn’t believe I’m worth loving. Still, she is no less amazing because she won’t be my girlfriend or my wife. In many ways she is even more amazing in how she treated me when I told her the truth of my deception.

Without describing the exact details, she basically told me how sweet and cute and charming she thinks I am and jokingly that she didn’t need another son. Of course, she said that the right woman is waiting out there for me (namely a younger woman). Though I can’t help but think she might have been the woman.

Looking back, I don’t really know what I was thinking when I wrote about this on my blog, but I’m tired of regretting things, at least for now. Thanks for the advice everyone!

For now, back to the half-light to glue back together my fractured heart.

#don’tjustlove  #justlove

You were a flower
I was concrete
Yet with each petal plucked
My walls turned into some substance that could be cut with scissors

You were supposed to be paper
A delicate thing I could crumble
I was supposed to be a rock
Forged from the hard and harder

But you weren’t a flower
And I wasn’t concrete
You were the sheet
That covered me

Fact or Fiction: The breakfast cereal Cornflakes was initially invented to help stop the human race from masturbating?

Fact: In the late 19 century, John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes in part to curb people (mostly men) from masturbating. At the time it was widely believed that masturbation led to insanity and in order to help contain sexual desire a bland diet was recommended. Thus, Cornflakes became the perfect prescription. In addition, Kellogg was a proponent of both male and female circumcision.[1]

Breakdown: How many of us realize this when we pick up a box of Cornflakes from our local supermarket? Perhaps this once again shows how the truth, in many ways, is taboo. If this happened today you would probably see the boycotting and discontinuation of the cereal.


[1] The History Channel, How Sex Changed the World: Sexpocalypse, 2013.

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Fact or Fiction: The breakfast cereal Cornflakes were initially invented to help stop the human race from masturbating?

Yes. The answer to the above  question is yes (and also no, of course). Though I’m certain it will take more dialogue on the reason behind this answer. Nevertheless, truth is most certainly taboo. And perhaps it is the one taboo that may never fall. Bits of truth might appear, but I think it is possible to say that we’ll never shuck many truths of their falsehoods. That is, in part, why the yes and no answer make the most sense.

For instance, a recent article on nfl.com by Dan Hanzus discusses the controversy that may exist for having two starting Quarterbacks on the same team: Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.  Without focusing much time on the battle for the starting Quarterback job, I find it interesting that Hanzus claims that a “taboo-viewpoint” may exist when other teammates or coaches are asked about the situation. This seems to say, that discussing the truth of the situation is, possibly for lack of a better word, off limits. Or at the very least, the media/players/coaches may make this seem the case, almost will it to be the case. A subject that will be touched upon, asked about, but always tied to avoidance.

Go here to read the article:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82ac943d/article/dbrickashaw-ferguson-says-jets-have-greatness?module=HP11_headline_stack 

Anyway, this article made me wonder if not all taboo is universal in its appeal? Its appeal is to hide the truth. Going back to homosexuality, there seems to be a link between keeping people in the “closet” and refraining from allowing them to “come out” and thus show the truth.

Although this is a simplified reason behind some of the taboo of homosexuality, I think it is important to think about the issue of truth (more particularly hiding the truth) and taboo.