Have you been to a visioning session lately with stakeholders, where the pronounced rules begin with “Speak your truth” and end with “Have fun!”? It’s happened once too often for me and I doth gently protest.  Perhaps “speaking your truth” comes from what wikipedia tells me is Ehrmann’s Desiderata, “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars…” (yes, I am a child of the 70s and had this on my schoolbook covers). But I’d point out that this text is not fairly quoted, then: it says to “speak… quietly and clearly”, the modifiers being the point.

I would rather not reduce the meaning of actual truth – you know, true is true and false is false… some things are knowably true. I’d rather not confuse truth with perspective and opinion and point of view.

And to paraphrase Derrick Jensen again, it’s not always about us.

Nancy Aten