Nobody owns the Truth. You only own the work you put in, or don't put in towards discovering and aligning with what is true vs what is not true. You own the work you do in sharing with others what you have learned. But you don't own the Truth itself.
Buying into a lie is easy. It takes no work whatsoever, no effort, no passion. It's the easy path. Which is why we are overworked in order to survive. So we keep buying the lie and avoid seeking what's true. To avoid confronting the pain of being honest with ourselves, we train ourselves to be weak, apathetic, and easily led until the pursuit of Truth becomes foreign to us. We then start to hate and resent the Truth. We start to project our inner confusion and resentment onto others. We convince ourselves the Truth is relative or doesn't exist. We begin hating the Truth and the facility of wisdom that helps us discern it, because it is missing in our lives. We hate what we don't have.
The Truth is what is. It's simple. It is there in every situation, every inquiry, every investigation, every question ever asked, every living being. It is not in a book. A book can show interesting ideas that can lead you in the direction of discovering what's true. But that is all. The rest is on you. The Truth is always there somewhere. It is simply hiding in plain sight surrounded by what is not true. What is not true is more attractive to us because it is easily within reach. You have to have determination, fortitude, and real authentic empathy to access and discover something true. It never reveals itself easily. Which is why the Warrior tradition frowns so much on laziness, complacency and dependency. Manipulators, politicians and cult leaders depend on those traits so they can fleece you with little to no resistance. Warriors loathe those traits and battle against them because they are a barrier to Truth, Freedom, and genuine experience.
So when it comes to what we have called "Truth" You can't own it, or convince others of it, it is to be directly experienced through hard work, recognizing and correcting mistakes, research, introspection, elimination of what is not true, and being aware of diversionary influences. You have been given the freedom to apply yourself to the process of living in Truth, or falling for the lie. Any tyrant telling you to give up that freedom and sacrifice it on the alter of the collective for the illusion of safety or security is self deceived and are trying to recruit you into their self deception.
The Truth and the freedom you want are inextricably linked.
The lie and the slavery you experience are also inextricably linked.
Every living Human being is being asked in this time:
Which path do you choose?
Some light reading for tea time...
“We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The Predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so... I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner!
This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico ... They took us over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them." "No, no, no, no," [Carlos replies] "This is absurd don Juan. What you're saying is something monstrous. It simply can't be true, for sorcerers or for average men, or for anyone." "Why not?" don Juan asked calmly. "Why not? Because it infuriates you? ... You haven't heard all the claims yet. I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradictions between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behaviour. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of belief, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal." "'But how can they do this, don Juan? [Carlos] asked, somehow angered further by what [don Juan] was saying. "'Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?" "'No, they don't do it that way. That's idiotic!" don Juan said, smiling. "They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous manoeuvre stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous manoeuvre from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predators' mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now." "I know that even though you have never suffered hunger... you have food anxiety, which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its manoeuvre is going to be uncovered and food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. And they ensure, in this manner, a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear." "The sorcerers of ancient Mexico were quite ill at ease with the idea of when [the predator] made its appearance on Earth. They reasoned that man must have been a complete being at one point, with stupendous insights, feats of awareness that are mythological legends nowadays. And then, everything seems to disappear, and we have now a sedated man. What I'm saying is that what we have against us is not a simple predator. It is very smart, and organized. It follows a methodical system to render us useless.”
- Carlos Castaneda