Truth? What’s That?


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June 1, 2017

Humans hearts have a remarkable ability to deny and disavow the most transparent truths. Some deny truth even exists. Puzzling to me: stating “There is no truth” is a declaration of believed truth.

Why such denial? Primarily, I think, we would rather keep doing what we are doing, and avoid experiencing the pain of change. Why adjust a comfortable, self-aggrandizing lifestyle?

“My own truth suits me just fine, thanks.”

Well of course. No one (you assume) tells you what to do. (Someone is, but you ignore it. Even your own conscience reminds you.) “My own truth” was designed to fit people’s personal ideas of preferred reality.

Denying reality becomes a logical, easy path. But it takes contortions.

Contortions seem more desirable than submitting to truth that messes with my life. This is true individually, and nationally.

Pontius Pilate asked “What is truth”? Was that a serious, honest question? If so, why did He immediately turn away, not waiting for an answer? Isn’t that what we do – lift some philosophical argument to fog over the truth – get us off the hook?

Peter Kreeft says: “Truth was standing right there before Him. Pontius Pilate crucified truth in his heart and mind, before he crucified the Truth that was standing before him.”

Did he not, indeed? Pilate had his presuppositions, and they did not include the possibility of a single God with Whom we all will deal. Neither did it include any concept of a God who directly intersected, with love, any human being.

We all come at life with presuppositions.

You cannot avoid having presuppositions.

You have them. I have them. We believe things, and to life and experience we apply those beliefs. Examined and integrated or not, intentionally or not, we apply them. This is one reason it is important to ask questions of yourself and of others.

  • “What impels you to believe that way?”
  • “How did you come to that conclusion?”
  • “Have you considered this?”
  • “What is your thinking behind that statement?”

If an individual believes there is no truth, his life and actions will be tellling. If a society collectively believes there is no truth (which, to repeat, is a truth belief) widespread consequences ensue.

George McDonald said: “To give truth to him who loves it not is only to give him more multiplied reasons for misinterpretation.” (See Twitter for flaming examples.)

That single quote explains much of what we see on the Always On News Of The Last 11 Seconds. Truth carries little weight now. Why? Because it’s now politically almost demanded that there be none. “Follow your own path.”

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What do you think of this description of the situation: Truth makes moral cripples feel unsafe? I believe it drives the nail deep. The article in which this appeared is more in-depth than the one you are reading. When you are done here, dig into it as well.

Left for me and you is to examine our own moral health.

The sooner the better.

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