“We hold these truths to be self-evident….”
For a couple of reasons, this is what has been resonating in my mind on near-nauseating repeat for the past few days.
Overlooking the historical origin of those words, consider, for a moment, what truths in your life you consider to be self-evident.
Spouses/significant others will always be faithful.
True friends may go through tough times, but they always survive them.
Children should respect their parents.
Parents will always love their children unconditionally.
No one is perfect.
There are certain truths which should be self-evident. The trouble is that what is considered an obvious, universal truth to you, might merely be subjective and open to debate for someone else. If truths really were all that evident, there would be no need to write sweeping proclamations about them, would there?
The operative word in the quote – the linchpin and the game-changer – is the word self. Your truths are evident to yourself. It’s only evident to others if you proclaim it. Furthermore, if what you proclaim about your relationships with others lays in stark contrast to what is evident in your own mind, the people closest to you are at risk of being steamrolled.
The bottom line – mean what you say and say what you mean…especially to the people you evidently proclaim to care about.
What truths do you hold to be self-evident?