Are We Afraid of Facing Facts?

Published: 14th April 2014 08:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2014 08:48 AM   |  A+A-


Why do ideas take root in our minds? Why do not facts become all-important -- not ideas?  Why do theories, ideas become so significant rather than the fact? Is it that we cannot understand the fact, or have not the capacity, or are afraid of facing the fact? Therefore, ideas, speculations, theories are a means of escaping away from the fact...

You may run away, you may do all kinds of things, the facts are there-- the fact that one is angry,  the fact that one is ambitious, the fact that one is sexual, a dozen things. You may suppress them; you may transmute them, but they are all suppressed, controlled, disciplined with ideas... Do not ideas waste our energy? Do not ideas dull the mind? You may be clever in speculation, in quotations; but it is obviously a dull mind that quotes, that has read a lot and quotes.

... You remove the conflict of the opposite in one stroke if you live with the fact and therefore  liberate the energy to face the fact. For most of us, contradiction is an extraordinary field in which  the mind is caught. I want to do this, and I do something entirely different; but if I face the fact  of wanting to do this, there is no contradiction; and therefore, at one stroke I abolish altogether  all sense of the opposite, and my mind then is completely concerned with what is, and with the  understanding of what is.

Excerpt from The Book of Life by by Jiddu Krishnamurti.

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