If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end
“In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth — only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”
— C.S. Lewis
I’ve been sitting with this today and it feels true. It feels true in that hard way that asks you to acknowledge something difficult, something that comes from a place of deep wisdom but requires something in return.
As with so many things that are deeply true, it’s a contradiction of conventional wisdom. Society tells us to move from places of pain to places of comfort, to seek out that which makes us feel good, feel happy, feel safe. I’m guilty of this. On some level, I know that the things I truly want require commitment and hard work, and that there are no easy answers or shortcuts. And yet I often find myself hoping for some easier way.
Things like this can’t be learned per se, they can’t be intellectualized. It’s only through experience that you start to feel the outline of what’s true, and only slowly, and only ever partially, like grasping at something in the dark. It’s the joy and frustration of life that in this stumbling we learn to live.
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