How do we accept the truth? What ingredients are necessary for a person to change their most treasured beliefs if these beliefs are actually erroneous? Here we will review the “four essentials” for accepting truth. All four of these qualities are indispensable. If even one is missing or lacking, it will be extremely difficult for a person to accept and embrace reality. Let us review each one in turn:
Recently a popular phrase has emerged, coined by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in his conference address “Come, Join With Us.” He counseled: “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” It is this topic we will address: how to deal with doubt.
“Honesty is the first chapter
in the book of wisdom.”
“Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” ―Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams
“I don’t know anything. I never did know anything, but now I know I don’t know anything!” —Ebenezer Scrooge, in a Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens