Why You Must Speak Your Truth

There's a parable I love with a message intended to emphasize the complexity and multifaceted nature of God. It goes like this:

"There's a group of blind men who have never come across an elephant before and learn to conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their limited experience and their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other. In some versions, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest, increasing tension and disconnection amongst each other."

If you believe, like I do, that we are each individual reflections of God, then our truths (the beliefs and values that feel most authentic to us based on our perspective and experiences of life) are representations of a larger, universal truth. That universal truth collectively represents the entirety of each individual's perspectives, experiences, and wisdom.