Truth - Using the power of discrimination and intellect
The desire to know truth has prompted mankind to ask some of the great questions such as: Who am I? What is the purpose of life? How can I live fully in the present moment? Learning to speak the truth is a first and vital step in the formation of strong character. Voicing an untruth is an anti-social act and causes confusion in the mind of both the speaker and listener and leads to anti-social behaviour. Telling lies hurts ourselves as well as others in a subtle, but very real way. One great distinction between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to choose how to behave, rather than just to follow the lower instincts (the law of the jungle). A human being is also able to recognize past, present and future and to take note of changes occurring over time.
A quotation used in a lesson to stimulate thought and questions may later come to mind to provide guidance and choice in a life situation. Short term pain, long term gain. Choosing to refer to this higher level of awareness and to consciously exercise moderation in our behaviour leads to better health and greater contentment. The value of truth can also be taught through story telling which promotes curiosity, optimism, fairness to all and noble ideals. It also aids the understanding of the value of hones speech and self-analysis.