Does The Truth Change?

Early in my corporate career, I had a title, an office and responsibilities that were just slightly oversized for my age, my skills and my experience.  On one memorable afternoon I sat across from my boss over lunch as he informed me that a portion of my staff would be laid off immediately.

“You told me 2 weeks ago that my staff was safe and I relayed those assurances to them!” I said with the surprise that comes from naiveté.

“I told you the truth as I saw it at the time. “ He responded.  “Now I’m telling you the truth as it is today. “

While I was still trying to make sense of that statement, he delivered the final blow that sealed the lesson for me.  “The truth changes,” he said.

It was a lesson I would face a few different times before realizing that many factors, including an individual’s perspective and foresight, impact whether or not their truth is reliable.

In yoga we call truth Satya.  Satya is a truth that never changes.  We are born with a right to love, equanimity and happiness.  This is our intrinsic Satya.  When we stand in our Satya, the power of external circumstances to impact our happiness is significantly reduced.

At the same time, our perspective of the situations and circumstances around us, our “reality, will always be changing.  However, we can choose how we want to look at anything.  We make a choice to use the energy of any situation in either a constructive or destructive way.  Once we learn this skill, we never have to be the victim of another person’s choices or the shifting landscape of their truth.

3 thoughts on “Does The Truth Change?

  1. Truth is a constant where no gray area exists. Some, who speak about truth as something that is “ever changing”, simply do not grasp the meaning or simplicity of something called integrity. Without integrity, we will end up lost…as the path of integrity is straight and narrow. Once strayed from, footsteps are nearly impossible to retrace.

  2. Wow, I couldn’t disagree more.

    To me, reality is ever changing. Therefore a truthful rendition of reality must also change!

    My reading of the office vignette above, is that the accurately rendered that kind of truth.

    A different kind of truth figures in the beliefs of some people, including myself. Beneath the shimmering vacillation of reality, there are deeper unchanging truths.

    Kim refers to that kind of truth in the post, and Ryan’s comments echo it.

    In my world, these two kinds of truth aren’t mutually exclusive. They coexist, and each one shines a beautiful light on the other.

  3. Mid and Ryan,
    You both make thoughtful points. While there is a foundational, unchanging, truth that generates qualities like integrity; the surface of reality, and circumstance, can shift with time. We are certainly better prepared to ride the waves of change if, at the same time, we can stay connected to that part of ourselves and our truth that holds steady. To Mid’s point – It is empowering to be able to differentiate between the two.

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