Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our War With Truth

I know what you're thinking - this could quite possible be the weirdest thing you've ever seen. Also, you're probably wondering how old the person who painted it is...maybe five or six? You're also probably wondering what the heck it means and why on earth there's that huge blue circle smack dab in the middle of the whole thing? 
Well folks - allow me to explain :)
First off, I know, it IS weird - but all of Paul Klee's stuff is. If you don't know who Paul Klee is, go Google him; it'll be worth your time. He's an incredible artist. I, on the other hand, am not the best artist, but I took the challenge of kind of mimicking his work for my History of Creativity project that's due tomorrow. So yes, this painting WAS done by me - not a six year old. But I promise the style all makes sense once you look at some other stuff by Klee. Haha. 
As for what it means - well it's a little complicated...first off, I should probably point out that there are words around the border, as well as in the center of the blue circle. Around the edge is a quote by Winston Churchill that says, "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." - now that you know that, maybe you're starting to understand a little more? Maybe? Ok so then in the center of the circle is reads, "All truth can be circumscribed into one great whole."
Satan is the father of all lies. But it's not solely Satan that is controlling and commanding all wars going on around the world - he works through others - like the government (and not just of our politicians here in America - elsewhere, too). 
If we allow the government to lie to us during wartime, what does that breed NOT during wartime? A lie starts to become the truth to all who listen to them. So if "all truth is circumscribed into one great whole", anything promoted as "truth" is actually a lie. In that case, a web of lies is being weaved during wartime - it surrounds this ultimate truth that we members of the truth know of. Satan's plan is to make us forget this truth - his lies end up becoming the "truth" that everyone else knows. 
In The Doctrine and Covenants, Section 93, verse 29-30 is reads, "Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither can it be. All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence."
That being said, what is "truth" to you? Are you believing these lies that our world is promoting and cheering for? Or are you staying faithful to the real truth we've been taught in our church - in our homes, etc. God has placed His truth in this world, and it's up to us to find it, and to hold on to it.
It makes it that much more important that we stand tall in this time of war. Winston Churchill has another quote that says, "Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong" - my hope is that we can all be these "solitary trees" that Churchill spoke of. If we can fight our way through this war of lies surrounding us, we'll come out stronger than ever before. 
After all, this is what this life is all about, right?

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