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A Simple Truth

By Bronwyn Katzke

“[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.” Winston Churchill, Speech in The House of Commons, May 17, 1916

Never was a truer word spoken. Truth is fact; it is a reality that cannot be destroyed or twisted, and without it, trust could never flourish. Truth and trust are cornerstones of Paganism- we see it in Wicca’s, “In perfect love and perfect trust”, in Asatru’s Nine Noble Virtues, in Ár nDraíocht Féin’s virtue of Integrity, and in the general Pagan ethic of valuing the pursuit of inner truth.

Truth is a virtue that, within my own core ethics, goes hand in hand with respect, honor and the pursuit of knowledge. However, I am realizing that the concept of truth does not hold the same level of importance to all in the Pagan community.

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