Get to the point!
Truth simplifies life
Complications in untruths
Intuition and the truth
Truth and reality
Insanity Unsanity HighSanity
Unreality Untruths Mixture Truth
Disorder Low order High order
No precision Low precision High precision
Fabrication Stories justifying "conditions" Accurately describe
If you want to be "unsane" keep telling stories and grooving them deeply and strongly into your neuronal pathways. If you want "high sanity" and the happiness that comes with it, tell the truth meticulously, impeccably - and you'll be in touch with reality not some believed fiction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The road to higher sanity is to practice telling the truth, saying exactly what happened, without letting your story intervene. The opposite direction is typified by practicing (repeating) your story!!!!
GET TO THE POINT!
Sergeant Friday in the days of old (on tv): "Nothin' but the facts, m'am."
I recommend that you say the same thing to yourself and others (perhaps paraphrased in a more diplomatic way).
It simplifies life and does get you to the point. It strips away all else that murks up the view. It is the starting point from which you construct your life, for who would want to operate based on untruths, which are most often unhealthy?
Being "sloppy" on speaking the truth to yourself (even if it is outloud to others) confuses your mind plus the 'wrong word' can cause negative emotions, even exaggeration by saying "it was a terrible day" can, understandably make one feel worse. "It was not such a great day, but that's ok, I'll have a better day tomorrow."
TRUTH SIMPLIFIES LIFE
The truth is simple, but one needs to learn how to differentiate, how to separate out the non-scientific, the stories, the made-ups. When one operates solely from the truth and reality, one's capability to live well in this world multiples dramatically.
Describing objectively "what happened" is truth and is reality. When we stick to that it eliminates confusing material and inaccurate material. "He made me do this" is not a "what's happened, describe reality" statement.
Truth includes "authenticity", which does also work better for the long term. (See how in: Authenticity.)
COMPLICATIONS IN UNTRUTHS
Untruth = Exaggeration, picking evidence selectively to prove a point instead of objectively.
With untruths, life does not run well as "what works" is violated, plus there is so much attention involved in defending untruths and so much extra effort in trying to make untruths work.
INTUITION AND THE TRUTH
Intuition can be used as a possibility indicator to consider, as it can sometimes spot what is untrue. Read about its limitations, but do use it as suggested.
TRUTH AND REALITY
A sub-part of truth, since it is based on scientific verifiability, is the concept of reality.
Reality is the truth of what is "out there". Reality is truth, truth is reality.
The only importance of "truth" is that it helps one to have better information and to use more workable "true" principles and methods to create better decisions to make life better. The effort to arrive at what is true is immensely worthwhile, as whatever else it is related to begins to function better for the rest of one's life. If one operates off of things that are not well-thought out, one is subject to the vagaries of "made-ups" that often don't work and are sometimes damaging.
One should also learn to recognize truth well enough so that one does not get caught up in one's "rackets" that one pulls on oneself and on others. Read Rackets to identify these and eliminate them. Also, Clearing Up Your Racket On Another. The general worksheet that works very well in Psychology and brings one to see "the truth" is Rational Analysis Worksheet. I recommend you use it generously. Read Differentiating Between Truth and "Made-ups". This piece applies to "telling the truth" in relationships and how not telling the truth creates unnecessary upset in addition to distracting from the solution process. This is a must that you learn this. This is the next level up from the simplified, catchy "making 'I' statements". But it's full text covers what is necessary to function better in all of life.