Sword of Truth: Facing my Racism

“Abruptly he saw another side to himself, a side he had never been able to recognize – or perhaps had simply refused to accept. He recoiled in horror from what he was seeing. He could not accept it. He could never accept it!”

The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

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When I was a teenager, I loved reading fantasy novels. One of my favourites was by Terry Brooks, called The Sword of Shannara. Basically, the story was about an unlikely young hero named Shea, the only person able to wield the only weapon capable of defeating the evil warlock enemy. This mighty weapon is the Sword of Shannara, but when Shea finally gets a hold of it, he is shocked to find that the Sword’s power is not military in nature; rather, it merely reveals the truth about a person.

It turned out that revealing the truth was awesomely powerful – so powerful that Shea was almost overcome by the unbearable truths about himself and his character flaws.