I’ve been taking philosophy courses for a few years now. And every class has always been a lively discussion amongst classmates on what exactly is the so-called Truth in life. Not the truth. But, the Truth. The one thing that is correct and infallible in this world.
What is it exactly? How do we find it? Or do we even need to find it? Truth can be seen differently from different perspectives. Everyone seems to have his or her version of it. Whether it be politics. Or business. Or simply how to live your life. The truth is different in each eye of the beholder.
And it is not my place to tell someone else how to live their lives. I will do my best to make an honest living and enjoy my life. And I think that in itself is good enough. I will do what I can to give back to this society that I love. And I will try to make a positive impact in this world.
At the same time, I don’t feel obligated to help people when help is not requested. Not everybody needs saving. Especially when they think their lives are going fine. Sometimes, you just end up making a bigger mess out of everything. But, if somebody proactively asks for my help, I will do my best to reach out to them and help them to the best of my abilities.
I’ve read a lot of philosophy books over the course of these years. I’ve read the Bhagavad Gita. I’ve attended a few in-person lectures based on Advaita Vedanta ideology. I’ve Googled up and listened to some of the famous philosophical gurus on YouTube. And I appreciate everything that they do for the world. At the end of the day, this is my path.
I choose to live a spiritual life. And I choose to attend philosophy classes. And I choose to look at life with a deeper lens. But, again, it may not be for everybody. And that’s okay. I will live my life. And you will live yours. As long as we don’t cause any harm to each other, that is perfectly fine.
It’s important to just be grateful with where you are at this moment in time. The philosophy that I tend to learn revolves around Advaita Vedanta and a little bit of Stoicism. I enjoy learning selfless ways to action. And I enjoy learning about this supposed Unchanging Observer that can guide us to the universal Truth about life.
To my understanding, it is simply based on what we identify as. Do we identify as our bodies? Do we identify with our possessions? Do we identify with our family and friends? All these things are important. But, all these things will inevitably change – for better or worse. And, according to my philosophical learnings, anything that changes cannot possibly be the universal Truth.
The Truth is unchanging. It is unwavering. It remains constant. So, what is this constant in life exactly? Where can I find it? And if I ever do find it, will it guarantee me greater fulfillment and peace? What’s the purpose of it all? I think these questions are relevant, and they help guide me towards greater meaning.
Again, this is just my perspective. What I say may not sway others. It may in fact be in direct conflict with the beliefs of other people. And I understand that as well. Again, the Truth is pretty much up for interpretation from all types of different people from different walks of life.
It’s gotten to the point where I don’t feel like there is any type of universal Truth out there. I still appreciate these philosophy classes that I go to. At the same time, they are not the end all be all. They don’t illuminate every single question that needs to be answered in this world. They are a guidepost for sure. But they shouldn’t define the way you live your life.
There is no easy answer. There is no easy solution for all the problems in the world. There is no one Truth that everyone must follow. There is no one correct way. There is no everlasting peace in this world. There is no such thing as being happy every single waking moment of your life. There are just moments. There are perceptions. There are interpretations. And there are the differences in the ways that different people interpret and perceive their lives.
I guess there really isn’t any right or wrong in this world. It’s just about how you want to live your life. Pursue the truth that you feel is the truth. Live the way you want to live. Believe what you want to believe. At the end of the day, your life is your responsibility. So, live however it is that you want to choose.
I’ll try not to judge. I’ll similarly try to live the way I want to live. I’ll try to perceive the way I want to perceive. And I will believe in whatever universal Truth that I want to believe in. And, at the end of the day, that is good enough.