Pain in Truth

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Lark_Truth
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Pain in Truth

Post by Lark_Truth » May 15th, 2017, 10:06 am

Ever hear a story where all of the lies and illusions that a character in a story has are stripped away from them so that they can see what really was going on, and then it gets rather emotional because the revealing of that truth is painful to that character? Sometimes this situation happens in real life as well, not just in stories.
Humans are very emotional creatures; we hope, we laugh, we love, we cry, and we tremble with fear. All in response to a stimulus that provokes such responses from us that we are subject to in our every-day interaction with life.
The truth is merely reality as it is. What really happened? How things really are? Who are we? So why do we have such strong painful and emotional reactions to reality?
Is it the knowledge/realization that we've been lied to? Betrayed? Deluded and naive? Wronged?

Why is the truth so painful and heart wrenching?
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Re: Pain in Truth

Post by Dolphin42 » May 15th, 2017, 11:38 am

Are you talking about all of reality, Lark? Or just some bits of it?

I honestly don't think I find the truth about all of reality painful. For example, it is a reality that Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United 2:1 yesterday. That really happened. I don't find it painful.

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Re: Pain in Truth

Post by Lark_Truth » May 16th, 2017, 2:43 pm

Okay, perhaps I should clarify.

No, I didn't mean *all* of reality, just the parts that shake our emotional foundations to the core and determine our confidence in ourselves and others. Obviously there are a good many truths which are good and bring joy to all of our lives, but the ones I discussed in the previous sentence are the ones which I am referring to.
Take for instance a situation where you find that someone that you have put all of your trust and love into has suddenly turned around and betrayed you. Emotionally painful right?
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Re: Pain in Truth

Post by Dolphin42 » May 16th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Yes indeed. Emotionally painful. If it's these particular emotionally painful events that you're talking about then I'm not quite sure why, in your OP, you ask the question: "Why is the truth so painful and heart wrenching?". It's painful and heart wrenching because you've decided to consider the painful and heart wrenching parts.

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