Essence Quickie 12: What is true to me is a lie.

We lie whenever we think we’re telling the truth. For there is no truth. There’s only the truth as we see it. I’m color-blind. I see something purple, you may see it green. Am I wrong? That’s how I see it. Are you wrong? That’s how you see it. Change the person and the truth is different. Change the system and the truth is different once again. All we can do at any given moment is respond to the person at the moment; the response will change depending on the person, the situation, the moment, and the system.

– Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness – A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace

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