8.15.2020 – truth will set you free

truth will set you free
but first it, the truth, will make
you miserable

The World Wide Web attributes the quote, “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable,” to President James Garfield.

There is no citation to when and where President Garfield said this.

From what little I know of President Garfield, he most likely would have used shall in place of will had he really said this.

But there it is.

The ironic part for President Garfield is the application of this quote to his life.

He was shot in the back.

He lingered for months and finally died.

He died not from the gunshot but from the infection of the wound.

His assassin put forward at his trial that he didn’t kill President Garfield but that his own doctors did.

That was the truth and from what I have read President Garfield’s last weeks were miserable.

Regardless the point fits for today.

C19, Congress, the President, the election … the truth about it just makes me miserable.

Another quote of President Garfield, also without citation is:

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. The teach the truth by living it.

I am struck by the line, “They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity.

The gift of kindness.

Courage.

Loyalty.

Integrity.

Where are these men and women today?

I know they are out there.

I hope they are.

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