Leonard Cohen Talks About How “We’re drawn to the truth”

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We’re drawn to the truth. We’re drawn to the truth when we hear it and when we see it. We’re hungry for the truth. We’re always surprised because the truth manifests itself in so many different ways and in so many different forms. You can hear it for a moment from your friend, you can hear it from your wife, you can hear it from your children. You can hear it for a moment in a song on the radio. It is so precious when you hear it that you are immediately drawn to it. So I tend to be wary of confining this expression of truth to one kind of activity, one kind of artistic activity.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person, a 1988 CBC broadcast narrated by Moses Znaimer. Originally posted April 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

One Reply to “Leonard Cohen Talks About How “We’re drawn to the truth””

  1. Marcia

    Leonard Cohen made these remarks in 1988, well before the current proliferation of ‘alternative facts’ that makes deciding what is ‘true’ for us today just a tad difficult.

    But then I looked at what was happening in 1987 and 1988—
    1) President Ronald Reagan and VP George H.W. Bush trying to spin the Iran/Contra Affair;
    2) documented evidence coming to light of the illegal combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador;
    3) Iraqi troops launching a chemical weapons attack on the Kurds in Halabja, killing 5,000 of them;

    Hmmm. So nothing was any different on the world scene when LC spoke these words. Perhaps he was only referencing more personal ‘truths’.

    The only truth I’ve been exposed to today is this morning when my husband for 43 years held me and told me he loved me. And right now I can speak a truth—that the sky above my head in Cuenca, Ecuador, is such a beautiful shade of blue it brings tears to my eyes. Forgive me my emotionalism, but we’ve had so much rain lately that tearing up over a blue sky isn’t as far- fetched as it might seem. It’s really an exceptional shade of blue!

    I’m perplexed with what kind of truth LC is talking about . . . can anybody out there help me understand?