Sometimes hearing the truth is difficult. Sometimes finding the truth is difficult. The old colloquialism is correct – “the truth will set you free”. Depending on the truth there is a moment of relief, then the realization comes, “I do not have to hide the truth anymore.”
“I know what I Know! I know the TRUTH!” - Mary Marvel*
Saying the wizard’s name “SHAZAM” will transform Billy Batson, orphan and teenage radio announcer, into Captain Marvel. But Billy Batson has a twin sister. They were separated when Mary Batson was adopted by the wealthy Bromfeilds. Mrs. Primm the orphanage director told Billy he had a twin sister that wore the other half of a broken locket. He and his best friend Freddie Freeman found Mary Bromfield as she was being kidnapped. The three teenagers, kidnapped, were tied up and bound. As Billy was saying his magic word, SHAZAM, the magic lightning bounced off him and transformed Mary and Freddie. Mary became Mary Marvel. Now there were three, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel JR, and Mary Marvel.
We are told from a young age to always be honest and to always tell the truth. Sometimes that is a difficult task. Practicing a spiritual life changes us. We begin to seek knowledge about ourselves. We begin to see “truth” differently. We begin to see more clearly the deeper truth. Speaking honestly with friends and family gives us power; it builds trust and strengthens connections. In finding the truth and honesty we begin to see the real power of love. Seeking the truth we begin to conform to the reality of situations. We find the actual state of being honest and truthful. We begin to build integrity – our actions and beliefs become the same. And this is a truer state of being.
First Appearance: Captain Marvel Adventures, #18 (December 1942), Fawcett Comics
Creators: Otto Binder (writer) Marc Swayze (art)
* “Perceptions”, Supergirl Plus+, #1, February 1997, DC Comics