Week 63 – Telling The Truth

Returning to London, without any plans to think of, apart from reading books and taking down quotes which may come to some use in the future, has been a chance for me to reflect back on what I can only describe as a life-changing eighteen months.

If one thing is for certain, I would say that travelling the world instills in you a set of unshakable moral and ethical beliefs. For me, my priorities are clear. Honesty above all.

I am sure that there will be times when I’m attacked for telling the truth, not least in situations on when the people on the other side of the fence are so intent on maintaining untruths, but I still believe in it.

As Malcolm X once said, “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

As is often the case at a time like this, lyrics were the first thing to come to my mind…

I’m furious… your lies are becoming so spurious /
Judge me, but we got the jury with us /
And uslee*, from Lebanon, where they leave cluster bombs /
From Beirut where the soldiers shoot /
It’s like a pattern and you’re following suit /
It’s like the sheep run now you’re following who? /
I can’t avert my eyes from all the lies /
Or hidden secrets you can call them whatever you like /
Like a refugee running from his UK-built camp /
But when he reach the “free land” you turning him back /
The one time he reach out and you turn your back /
Now it’s far too late for turning back /
Take it back to the start /
Wonder why it fell apart /
Shoot the messenger, but who really broke their heart /

*Arabic for “my roots / originally”

9 responses to “Week 63 – Telling The Truth

  1. Much respect Jody. Good luck in whatever you embark on next.

  2. Jody ,
    I still brag about you as if you are a relative !!
    Once seen & heard never forgotten, that is you .
    Can you take the letter from”ustlee” and make it uslee please .

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!!
    Well said Jody :)) Wishing you all the luck!!
    Your #1 fan😉

  4. I will never forget you, the time we spent together in the land of fight, the fight for justice… I ll never forget everything you learnt me and what u’re still learning me by this way.. thanks my friend, anyways we ll probably see each other again in our fight for humanity. take care my brother,
    marielle min b3ilin

  5. Debbie Mageed

    The truth will set you free!

    I love all of your quotes – truly words to live by.

    I hope that you are well and areenjoying some down time before the next phase. Let us know whatever that may be.

    God bless you and yours!

  6. Jamie Atari

    I have taken that road to.. The road to truth.. Its a difficult road sometimes, I agree and sometimes.. “you cant handle the truth”… etc but its the best. Thank you for doing these blogs. I have really enjoyed reading them. I saw you at Purdue awhile back and have told many people about you. Keep up the good work, Jody!:)

  7. Stick with this jods, you know what’s right and what’s wrong..nice lyrics too.

  8. Ketty Papadima

    What you do is amazing , Jody.
    What you say is inspiring. Thanks.
    Wish you would visit Ottawa again,
    take care,
    Ketty

  9. Eyval!* Mc Jody in da house! It was nice seeing you speak in New York, and I enjoy reading your blog!

    *Good job/Well done! (Farsi slang)

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