I posted an anonymous quote on Facebook Sunday that reads, "Enslavement by illusion is comfortable; it is the liberation by TRUTH that people FEAR."
I went from my patio to the swing in my side yard to contemplate that statement. As I peered into the distance and focused my eyes on a wooden fence, I began to do one of my breathing exercises, with three different mantras. Suddenly, there appeared where I had my focus fixed, a beautiful red bird.
And from there came the REST of THE STORY!
In ancient times, TRUTH was brought to us by the mystics, shamans, saints, and avatars. We then moved to TRUTH being presented ass more or less the domain of the priestly class, and church orthodoxy was the litmus test. Unfortunately that led the Western world primarily, into centuries of wars, the Dark ages, the holy books of Abraham became the very justification for conflict, war, and genocide.
The Age of Enlightenment, the Renaissance, and Science came to our defense.
And yet we are still hungry, we are still thirsty, and we still know that we know that there is more than we know. The core of ancient TRUTH teachings was to transcend the ego and various belief systems that the MIND held tightly. Socrates understood it to his peril. He was guided by the understanding that "all human error or wrong doing is involuntary for man can only choose what he believes at the time to be good that will bring happiness."
The ego is innately prideful and doesn't welcome the revelation that much of its beliefs are perceptual ILLUSIONS!
Socrates was able to drink the hemlock and end his life (to thine own self be TRUE) because of his ability to over ride the EGO and side with TRUTH. Jesus did the same. Can you now see that most of us are not ready, not sure of the TRUTH, and in face AFRAID of the TRUTH. Or, as Jack Nicholson said, "We can't handle the TRUTH".
Maybe one day soon, we can!