by Terry J. Hallock

Truth Matters
Terry J. Hallock
Proverbs 23:23; Psalm 139:1-16; John 8:31-32
May 21, 2000
A Baccalaureate Address

Proverbs 23:23 contains the most powerful guidepost that we can ever learn. "Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding." Without personal possession of truth it will make no difference what you do following your graduation from this institution. You may climb the heights of intellectual achievement yet without truth you will be no more than a rudderless vessel filled with meaningless information. You may gather financial wealth yet without truth you will be no more than an empty depository for lifeless things. You may be showered with notoriety yet without truth that recognition and fame will be of little comfort.

"Buy the truth and do not sell it." It is truth that turns information about life into the wisdom to live life. "Buy the truth and do not sell it." It is truth that takes the raw power of wealth and creates the understanding that the path to personal joy is traveled only when we use things, love people and never get the two confused. "Buy the truth and do not sell it." It is truth that teaches us that the applause of a million hands can never heal the pain of even one lost, desperate and empty soul. "Buy the truth and do not sell it." The landscape of our present culture is littered with the broken lives of those who have achieved everything that the world declares one must have for happiness and yet they are empty of even the most basic crumb of that promised happiness because they've never learned truth. It is truth that teaches you who you really are, why you are really here, where you are really going and how to get there. You can learn all the world has to teach you, possess all the world can give you and receive all the fame the world can bestow upon you but if you don't possess truth that you will have learned nothing, gained nothing and hold nothing.

So whatever you do from this day forwa ...

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