Sometimes the truth ain’t pretty, but sometimes it is. A rational personal acknowledges both.
“Don’t run from the truth” shouldn’t just be warning cry about the negative consequences of avoiding ugly facts. It should also be an invitation to experience the kind of freedom that can only belong to those who are ready to boldly confront the beautiful truth about what’s possible, about what’s working, about what’s worth doing, and about all the amazing reasons why we should keep investing so much time and energy into trying new things.
You can’t create a better world if you’re dishonest about what’s wrong with the world, but you’re also wasting your time if you think you can make progress without relentlessly giving attention to positive ideals and positive feedback.
You certainly need to understand what’s going wrong, but how can you be productive if you’re not also focusing on what’s actually working and why it’s working?
You certainly need to know what your obstacles are, but how can you possibly move past them if you’re not in tune with the values and vision that makes your work worth doing anyway?
You certainly need to be keen on how things got so screwed up, but how can you learn the full lesson of history if you’re not paying attention to what’s worked in the past and how that knowledge can benefit you?
You certainly need to know what you’re awful or incompetent at, but how can you make optimal use of such insight without being equally aware of what makes you special or uniquely advantaged?
All expressions of creativity require constantly interplay between acknowledging problems and affirming possibilities, between confronting challenges and contending for solutions, between recognizing error and rediscovering that which has been taken for granted.
Attention to the harsh reality of problems is a necessary part of the creative process. But you can’t go beyond a problem unless you learn to get real honest about the exciting reality of things that make problems worth fighting.