Why is it so difficult for people to see the truth? In politics, both parties refuse to see the flaws, corruptions, and indiscretions in their candidates. In business, the accumulation of money takes priority over the treatment of customers and workers. In religion, unnatural and nonsensical events are held to be true, and are used to counter opposing views. Even in difficult relationships, couples have a difficult time understanding each other because of their previous views and experiences. How do we begin to see the truth?
In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us not to be like a distorted mirror. A distorted mirror does not reflect the true image. It is like a mind that has been contaminated by thoughts of arrogance, greed, self-love, miserliness, and covetousness. This type of mind can distort the truth. God tells us to remove these evils from our minds, and then ponder the events and occurrences that are placed upon us daily. When this happens, our minds become like a perfect mirror, which reflects the true image. This is why God emphasizes the removal of greed, arrogance, and self-love from our minds. This will allow us to see the truths that appears before us daily; and will make appropriate responses that will please God.