Truth for Our Times

The TRUTH

by Canadian poet Archibald Lampman

Friend, though thy soul should burn thee, yet be still
Thoughts were not meant for strife, nor tongues for swords,
He that sees clear is gentlest of his words,
And that’s not truth that hath the heart to kill.

The whole world’s thought shall not one truth fulfill.
Dull in our age, and passionate in youth,
No mind of man hath found the perfect truth,
Nor shalt thou find it; therefore, friend, be still.

Watch and be still, nor hearken to the fool,
The babbler of consistency and rule:
Wisest is he, who, never quite secure,
Changes his thoughts for better day by day:
To-morrow some new light will shine, be sure,
And thou shalt see thy thought another way.

I came across this poem and thought being STILL and being OPEN to new light, a better understanding of the situation, are wonderful qualities. Seems we need this wisdom in our troubled times.

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2 thoughts on “Truth for Our Times

  1. Thanks for your comment.I believe we can be open to new understanding, a new perspective on the situation.
    At the same time, it’s not wise to throw away things that have been proven true for someone’s off-beat new thinking. For example, “We reap what we sow,” is a general rule that’s been true for thousands of years and will continue to happen right up until the end of time.

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