The Truth of Inconsistency


"The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loathe to disappoint them.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.

Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day. –‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Self Reliance”.


Truth is not static. Truth is a constant, infinite flow of revelation – Consciousness is ever unfolding. If we are adhering to being consistent, we block that flow and delay the unfoldment.

The power of living in Now, is in living by the Word in a continuous unknowing. Every day can be full of the conscious awareness of Grace if there is an emptying out of yesterday’s manna, that fresh manna for today may fill us. The known will do us no good, and if we are paying attention, we will also see that it is wholly unreliable. The Truth revealed yesterday was for yesterday – the Truth revealed tomorrow will be for tomorrow. We must live in the revelation, the divine thought, that we become aware of today, now, even if it is different and even if it contradicts.

With our willingness to trust and stay open, ignorance is indeed bliss, as Infinite Intelligence is realized in the absence of a false and finite “little” mind.