SideWalk Ghosts / Interview 168: Beyond The Bicep Curl

Being a right/left brain conflicted person, I have learned to live a life dedicated to exploration. And as a byproduct, have grown to respect the life expanding gifts of our intellectual and spiritual selves, a possible a motivator to my career path and my absolute intrigue with humanity.

Biologically, we are made up of similar DNA, and obviously the physical and psychological sciences have tried their best to find methods of classifying the individual. Yet, even with the lengthiest studies, several answers are still unattainable: Finding a definition of the ultimate truth as well as the ability to foresee the development and ultimate ability of an individual.

Webster’s defines truth as, “A transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality”

“Truth?” The basis of a global quest, and the genesis to a search that leads all of us on our own personal treks in this, the human experience. A voyage that is ever-changing and each day brings a unique mix of difficulties, disillusionments, fantasies found and dreams won.

As predictable as science works to make it, there is really only one constant we can wholly embrace in seeking the ultimate answer, “We all have our agency and the ultimate truth is different for us all.”

With this, that transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality Webster’s defines becomes an extremely personal consideration.

Enter Eric, established sports trainer and graduate student of Philosophy.

In addressing us, Eric speaks of truth, “Be very leery and cautions around people who claim to have the truth.

Truth is a mental construct… one that we are continually trying to construct.

Ultimately, it is different for us all, but bottom line, we are all seeking an understanding of our origins (where we are from), our purpose (why we are here) and our fate (where we are going). This is what makes us uniquely human and able to think rationally and creatively.”

Eric is a captivating, and sitting in the office of his training studio, we embark in a philosophical discussion regarding his points on the nature of truth.

We question the sources of truth and ponder methods of finding it. From our discussion, Eric interjects a set on wisdoms:

On acceptance:
“Some think more creatively and some think more rationally, but for everyone, the truth can be either known or unknown, and we need to accept that we are all in different phases of our journey, and how we each view truth is very personal.”

On perception:
“The greatest threat we face is illiteracy disguised as thoughtfulness.

On knowledge:
“Lack of education creates our own dogma. We need to learn to think beyond our own boundaries and to question more… then more… and even more.”

On compassion:
“Our kids have to know that they are loved and safe. And with this foundation, they can have a healthy self-perspective and a base in growing to be a human being that is able to contribute to society.”

On humanity:
“I’d like to see us evolve as one global community as to what we seek, who and what we honor and how we love.”

On the future:
“I’d like to know that my kids will be in a world where they can feel loved and secure.”

“We need to be able to live in the moment,” Eric charges, a claim that we have heard by many. However, he takes it to a different level in steering the thought away from himself.

“Can you elaborate on living in the moment?” I ask.

Eric’s answer, “One person at a time.”

“Chin Up And Eyes Open To The World,” the action point that has become a fundamental in our 365 purpose, and in Eric’s five words, one person at a time, he has called us to our best.

“Life and finding real truth is a process,” Eric voices.

“And to find it we must search and not blindly follow the first perceived cornel of truth.”

As for me, one thing I know is constant, human is a fascinating species, and their truth is in all of us.

Eric, keep seeking, and may we all get outside ourselves, one person at a time.

My friend, you have inspired us all!