Luminouré – Part Four: A Partial Truth

Lamp reflecting on a large book
Illumination of the Text

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very person has a context or framework of knowledge they use to understand the world around them. Some of these are more effective than others, and  I continue looking into my past to see how the development of my own worldview has been largely centred on the three foundational assumptions I made in 2010 as I began the “Road to Royalty“.

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I had once thought that these assumptions were the required basis for truth, but now I am beginning to wonder if these are not themselves simply an extension of the truth, which was able to reach me in the state I found myself at the time I adopted them. Their accuracy has enabled them to sustain the great weight of belief and knowledge that is certainly connected by them to the truth, but which have never yet dared to pretend they are truth.

The framework I envision exists within a vast hall with a very high and untouchable ceiling. The three assumptions descend from the pinnacle and find much nearer to the floor a large framework shaped like a false ceiling that reflects imperfectly the one above it. This false ceiling is touchable and within reach and seems to perform all the functions of the one above it, but this is only because the one above it exists. The ceiling that I can see and touch is not a ceiling at all, but only a reflection of the one above as coloured by my own application and understanding.

The two have the potential to fit together perfectly without this great distance between them forced by the three assumptions, which fix them firmly together but also apart because I have considered them to be the nature of reality rather than some insight into it. I believed in my assumptions and this worked because they were an accurate reflection of the truth. While considering the ceiling above to be untouchable, I embraced the reflective framework that was within my reach.

The space in between was not meant to exist as it has for so long, but to only maintain room enough for humility to recognize that my perspective of what is will always remain imperfect. No matter how large the reflective framework grows or how much it is shifted and molded, it can never replace the ceiling, but only more perfectly reveal its nature.

When I considered the framework to be the ceiling, I failed to trust completely in the reality that it presented – and rightly so for an image is never to be mistaken for the thing itself. But now that I recognize the three assumptions as holding weight only because they are themselves aspects of truth, I begin to wonder what kind of weight might be supported by a firm attachment to the truth itself rather than to the three parts of it that I have chosen to use as a foundation for my life.

To what extent could my knowledge and experience grow to cover the vastness of the ceiling against which the framework of my life and understanding has emerged. Rather than holding the framework of my life at a distance from the ceiling itself, I am about ready to plaster myself against it. No more separation of truth from perception, but a simple recognition that perception is only ever a reflection of what is true.

No more separation of truth from perception, but a simple recognition that perception is only ever a reflection of what is true.

I cling to the supports of my assumptions less firmly because I recognize their value in allowing me to grab on to something greater that I could not reach at first. However, while their relative function is diminishing, their overall value continues to increase as they take their rightful place embedded more deeply in the flying buttresses of the hall where I find truth to reside. The framework edges closer to the reality that it represents and I find myself speaking of that reality with more confidence than I ever could refer to the framework with which I came to understand it.