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Relative Truth The truth you speak has no past and no future It is and thats all it needs to be Bach In Joseph Conrads Lord Jim Jim must release his notions of perfection in order to begin his downward path toward truth Before Jim can descend into a heightened realm of truth and existence he must let go of his need for perfection Only then can he see the nature of truth in its enigmatic beauty The chaos of Jims life has no order until Jim realizes that the chaos has an order all itself that the darkness glows illuminous and that truth can be known only in unknowing Erasing a drawing means losing a picture but at the same time it means leaving a blank page where anything can take shape a page full of possibility and mystery where anything can happen The world Jim discovers once he erases his notions of perfection contains the same elements of possibility and mystery Jims submission to this world as a participant rather than an observer takes Jim out of the cave of darkness and into the light The light reveals yet a new truth for Jim a truth governed by enigma ambiguity and an eternal state of change Ignorance lies in the ability to recognize the truth around oneself Jims struggle for perfection lies in his inability to discern the shadows on the caves wall Whether its an inability or an unwillingness to see the obvious Jim refuses to acknowledge the inescapable truth in front of him At first he was thankful the night had covered up the scene before his eyes and then to know of it and yet to have seen and heard nothing appeared somehow the culminating-point of an awful misfortune Conrad 71 Jims denial only blinds him from seeing the truth that exists within and binds him to the chains of illusion Free from desire you realize the mystery
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