There are universal truths to a meaningful life that transcends cultural and personal biases. They foster personal growth and well-being, offering a solid foundation.

Several universal truths to a meaningful lifeunite people, such as love, valuing life, and caring for others. Having different cultures, religions, governments, or races sets us differently from one another. However, all humans live on the same planet as every other creature. Humans share an inevitable oneness and share the belief in universal truths. 

“Commentaries on the Book of Wisdom” is a book that shares easy-to-understand truths about life. It uses short verses and explanations to help readers grasp these truths. This short commentaries book by Russell Marlett includes ideas from different religious philosophies, but its central message is that there is a common truth underlying many religions. Although it’s not a sacred text, it presents its ideas in a way that followers of different faiths can relate to. Importantly, it avoids strict beliefs and rules, appealing to those without a specific religious background. The book also tells an exciting and enlightening story to engage readers.

Universal Truth

The universal truth is a fundamental principle that is true for everyone, no matter where or when they live. It is not based on personal opinions or beliefs but on an objective understanding of reality. Universal truths are reliable and consistent, guiding our understanding of the world. They are unchanging and provide a solid basis for knowledge, morality, and philosophy. Universal truths include things like love, justice, compassion, scientific laws, and math rules. They help us understand the nature of existence and how everything is connected.

Several Universal Truths to Live By 

The Golden Rule

Treat others as you would like to be treated. This principle of empathy and kindness fosters harmonious relationships and promotes a compassionate society. The golden rule was stated in the bible, but its origins go back to the teachings of Confucius.

The golden rule is found in different cultures and teaches us how to treat others. It goes beyond actions and reminds us to be aware of our impact on others. We should consider others as equals and treat them with care. We should avoid harming others and prioritize their well-being.


Fear is a natural emotion experienced by everyone. Fear arises when we perceive a threat or danger. It can help keep us safe but also hold us back from pursuing what we want. Acknowledging and facing fear with courage leads to personal growth and overcoming challenges.


The universal truth about pain is that it is an inherent part of the human experience. Pain can manifest physically, emotionally, or mentally. It serves as a signal of something that needs attention or healing. Acknowledging and understanding pain can lead to personal growth, empathy, and resilience.


Change is an inherent part of life. Embracing the impermanence of all things allows us to let go of attachments and find peace in the present moment.

Personal Responsibility

You have the power to shape your own life. Taking responsibility for your choices and actions empowers you to create positive change and achieve your goals: your actions, preferences, and their impact on others and the world. Responsibility involves taking ownership of one’s behavior, decisions, and consequences, actively working towards personal growth, integrity, and positive contributions to society.

Unity in Diversity

Despite our differences, we are all interconnected. Embracing diversity and practicing tolerance and acceptance cultivates a more inclusive and harmonious world.

Growth through Challenges

Everyone struggles with different problems. Challenges are opportunities for growth and self-discovery. We might be presented with advice and teachings when we share our challenges with others. Embracing adversity, learning from failures, and persisting through difficulties can lead to personal development and resilience.


Being fully present in the moment enhances awareness and allows a deeper appreciation of life. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation, can cultivate peace and clarity of mind.


Cultivating gratitude for the blessings in life promotes happiness and contentment. Recognizing and appreciating the small joys and acts of kindness can bring a sense of fulfillment.


Regular introspection and self-reflection foster self-awareness and personal growth. Understanding your values, strengths, and weaknesses enables you to make conscious choices aligned with your authentic self.

Love and Compassion

Love and compassion are transformative forces that can heal and unite. Practicing kindness, empathy, and forgiveness towards ourselves and others create a more loving and harmonious world.

Continuous Learning

Lifelong learning expands our horizons and keeps us adaptable in a rapidly changing world. Embracing a curious mindset and seeking knowledge and new experiences promotes personal growth and intellectual development.

Russell Marlett grew up in a South Texas town, raised by well-meaning but inexperienced parents. His curiosity about religious teachings led to skepticism at a young age. After leaving college, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, then in the Army in Berlin. Post-service, he pursued education in Houston and a career in replacement parts. He also became a prominent figure in the sport of skydiving. Marrying and starting a family prompted a return to church, sparking his interest in religious studies beyond Christianity. He became a lay speaker and found a common truth in diverse religious beliefs, which he shares in "Commentaries."
Russell Marlett

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