Many people believe in one truth—a singular certainty, one way of life, one concept of reality, one set of rules that we are all bound to, whether we accept it or not. And all of us are aligned with this truth or rebelling against it. The followers of onetruth, whichever variation they follow, argue that we should attempt to understand onetruth, seek it with all our hearts, and abandon anything that pulls us astray.

But onetruth has a sin: greed. It wants to occupy our whole mind and encompass all beliefs regardless of the existence of proof otherwise. Onetruth is ever working to convince us that subjective beliefs are unassailable facts. In return for accepting onetruth with minimal questioning, we receive the perception of a firm foundation, the peace of mind that comes from a rulebook that explains how so many unexplainable aspects of life work. We carry a list of to-dos and not-to-dos so we don’t have to think about the countless decisions we are presented with daily, and a sense of superiority that comes from the belief we’re on the right team.

It is costly to give up all those benefits, but rewards are available to those who can accept that not all so-called facts are equally certain. Foremost is the freedom that comes from stepping outside the illusion—the dream we are born into, one in which most people reside until death calls. We also gain the ability to control the dream, to form our reality in any way we desire. To do so, we must understand that the ideas we believe are what we build our life upon. And that all ideas are sorted into two categories: fact and faith. The problem comes in confusing the two.

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