“The truth is that all
knowledge 100 percent of it, is nothing more than symbolism or words
that we invent for the need to understand and express what we perceive.
Every word in our mind and on this page is just a symbol, but every word
has the power of our faith because we believe in its meaning
without a doubt. Humans construct an entire belief system made up of
symbols; we build an entire edifice of knowledge. Then we use everything
we know, which is nothing but symbology to justify what we believe, to
try to explain first to ourselves, then to everybody around us, the way
we perceive ourselves, the way we perceive the entire universe.
we are aware of this, then it’s easy to understand that all of the
different mythologies, religions, and philosophies around the world, all
of the different beliefs and ways of thinking, are nothing but
agreements with ourselves and with other humans. They’re our creation,
but are they true? Everything that exists is true: the earth is true,
the stars are true, the entire universe has always been true. But the
symbols that we use to construct what we know are only true because we
Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, in “The Fifth Agreement”
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