12/19 Bohm Dialogue — Truth

Bohm Dialogue is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding.

For December our topic will be “Truth“:

When our universe is in harmony with man, the eternal, we know it as truth, we feel it as beauty. – Rabindranath Tagore

Most people are so constituted that they prefer the absurd and the impossible and hence, the number of people that can distinguish truth and reject falsehood is very small. – Abu’l-Fadl Bayhaqi (995 CE/1077 CE)

“There is no constituency for the truth.” – Jeb Bush

To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats- we know it not. – Eric Hoffer

“There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil”. – Alfred North Whitehead

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. – Oscar Wilde

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” » Albert Camus

“The truth only hurts when you want to believe a lie.” ― Jennifer McVey

“People would rather live in a community with unreasonable claims, than face loneliness with their truth” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” ― Thomas Paine

In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell

“When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth.” ―Rumi

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It takes two to speak the truth; one to speak and another to hear.”

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. – Max Planck

Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you.. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.— Gandhi

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. ~ Vladimir Lenin

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. – H.L. Mencken

Truth … is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations. – John von Neumann

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. – Dorothy L. Sayers

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday December 19 at 7 pm via Zoom. Past attendees should receive an email with instructions. Or contact Tom Yelton  or Jan Hardenbergh  for instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting or for more information.