Accepting Reality

Reality: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Another way to think of reality is that it is objectively true as opposed to subjectively true.

Objectively true means that it can be tested to be true. Subjective truth is something you think is true, but that may not be true for other people.

When people talk about “their” truth, they are talking about subjective truth.  Subjective truths are very powerful things.  But objective truths are even more powerful because they don’t go away when people stop believing in them.

Objective truth matters because reality matters.  We cannot solve our problems effectively unless we accept the reality of our problems.

I write about this a lot because it turns out that accepting reality is something we humans don’t like to do when reality sucks.  Life is hard. People die and are hurt and there are things that happen that can’t be undone. It is comforting to think that we can just magically make all these bad things go away.

But that’s not how reality works. Reality doesn’t go away just because we have decided to ignore it. We ignore reality at our own risk.

 To solve our problems, we must be brave enough to accept the reality of our problems so that we can tackle them. Realistically.  The more realistic we are about our problems and about solving our problems the more effective we are at actually, solving them.

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