Honesty is only possible if one agrees with oneself. If an inner conflict persists, one can only delay the truth, or lie. If we can befriend ourselves, speaking the truth becomes a possibility. Telling the truth consists in carrying the inside, out. Truth reveals what is of itself so, but which had prior to its showing remained hidden. We are honest when we reveal who we are without pretense, without prior deliberation with oneself. If we begin to deliberate, to debate with ourselves, truth has already been canceled. Conflict in the mind only conceals the truth, it reveals nothing save confusion.
Why does the truth need to be told before it is unveiled? Maybe because prior to its pointing out, we are unaware of our inner birth…?
Everything begins within, say the mystics.
Everything begins without, say the materialists.
An organism exhibiting intentional behavior is conscious. That means it has awareness. it not only moves, it senses. One does not come before or give rise to the other. The two arise together.
Sensation is not a byproduct of motor control. Consciousness is not secreted by the brain. The nervous system puts the inside on the outside, and the outside in. It allows our soul to feel with our body, and our body to think with our soul.