As I was clearing up some of my (limited) workspace, I came upon a leaflet that I got from church a couple of weeks ago, just about when Pentecost was.

Thought it'd be nice to share it here, since it was finely written, with a message that speaks volumes to me about the need for Truth (excerpted) .

No Truth, No Freedom

We usually take truth for granted in every-day life. It is only when we discover that we have been deceived, or at least mistaken, that the full truth dawns on us. We need truth like we need oxygen.

We are hurt by lies (when we discover them). It helps when the doctor correctly diagnoses our illness. Truth matters. We expect others to be sincere and hope they are accurate.

Freedom is something else again. On the one hand truth seems to limit our options, while on the other hand no adult wants to be relying on illusions.

Which of the following two individuals is free? A good man in jail or a rich playboy hooked on alcohol and drugs?
Perhaps each is imprisoned in a different way. Should we be free to break our solemn commitments? Are we free to break the ten commandments? Many centuries ago Jesus Christ, the teacher all Christians follow, said to his Jewish disciples:

"If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)

As for me, the truth, in whatsoever situation, whether it directly involves me or not, is indeed liberating.

I know that, sometimes, learning the truth through means other than being told it is easily taken for being a busybody, to be of 'no right to know', but the fact to me is, concealing something is almost as good as being called a lie, or am I as wrong as I can possibly be?

(I have certain trouble at explaining myself, but I hope I got my point across one way or another)

Sometimes, upon learning the truth, it hurts, almost to the point where you can feel, literally, immobilized of all sensations.
Sometimes also, learning the truth bears no burden on you, but it does feel lighter once all doubts are cleared.
Sometimes, the truth is all you need to make things right.
I had the most awesome holiday (mostly because 1st Sem was a bloody killer, and you can't imagine how stress-free I was feeling during the exam period, as strange as it may seem), both in Sydney and Melbourne. Miss those involved so much <3

Am happy with results. I guess I couldn't ask for more la. I get very irritated by those who did better than me and bang their heads against the wall for not being able to get that 90++ (I got all less than 90, barely more than 80 for some. My head should break the wall if I had their mentality)

Sem 2 begun today. I am going to try and keep my spirits up for the next 13 weeks.

(O Lord, for You are my strength, bring me through this in the abundance of Your love)
.. regarding the switch from English to Bahasa for the teaching of Science and Mathematics in our national and vernacular schools, I have this email to put on this post:

UiTM English "Konfusing"

(Hello, our director from UiTM wrote this piece of English. hahaha..)

4th UiTM INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FIESTA
19 – 23 November 2009 FUTSAL-RUGBY 7- TENPIN BOWLING-BADMINTON

Dear Sport Friends,

Regarding about the global issue H1N1 happens around the world, sadly to be informing that our UiTM International Sports Fiesta will be postponing to 19-23 November 2009.

For all teams which have been confirm to participate in our events, we have to say sorry for this announcements and our
Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Health also advise to us to change the date for this current situation.

By the date have been confirm incoming this November hopefully your teams still can participate in our event and don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

And again, we would like to say sorry about the date change for the sake of our health among us.

See you in this November at UiTM Malaysia!!

Regards,Mr. Mustaza Ahmad
Director
Sports Centre
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Malaysia



Congratulations to those who have read from start to finish unscathed in your English knowledge and unconfused in logic sentence structuring.
(I couldn't say the same for myself).

Just to pen off, let me just end with this:
If this is the sorry state of English the Director of UiTM's Sports Centre is able to master, by golly.... we've got lots of work to do with our future generation's English mastery so that people won't get all confused when reading official letters!