Posted by Ben Naga
Lies openness, free from lies
Yet a slave to fear
Posted on June 16, 2014, in Poetry, Senryu, Writing and tagged Fear, Life, Love, Relationships, Senryu, Truth. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.
You capture truth so well in few words
But then it takes one to recognise one, don’t you think?.
Truth is freeing for sure but exposing is fearful.
“To deceive others is discourteous; to deceive oneself is disastrous.”
– From The Book Of Guff
Reblogged this on Dawn of Divine Rays.
Thank you for the repost.
I disagree with the fear part.
I think many people (including me) may experience a fear of experiencing emotional pain following sharing a true feeling or opinion based on previous experience.
Ah, so much complexity in so few words! Is openness free from lies a slave to fear? There has to be some truth to that thought. If there was no truth, then so many people would not be so fearful of being open, refusing to lie to themselves. They would look at the world with unvarnished sight. A slave to fear, though? Does openness free from lies lead to automatically for fear? Certainly the atomic clock is still ticking toward nuclear destruction, and perhaps looking fearlessly at the essence of truth needs fear in order to create sanity. Hmmm… I am not sure. A challenging haiku.
My implication was that it is our fear that can make us slaves, stealing our potential freedom to be our authentic selves. I have just spent a few days away in which I have been in the company with friends with whom I can drop all barriers. Bliss and sweet relief.
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