Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Truth as we think we know it....

Image result for finding the truth cartoonThere is and has always been a differentiation in what we believe, what we think and in what we strive to accomplish.  What you believed when you were young may be pivotally different than when you’re old.  Those differences are the product of a variety of concerns that affect some but not all at different levels depending on the conditions that surround the circumstances of those changes.  How we change can have an effect on what we ultimately become, so much so that the process of changing has taken on a life of its own and been given a singular position that transcends the initial process of change.

The question of change is fundamental in our understanding of how those changes affect our lives, our beliefs and our morals. In determining the effects of those changes on ourselves it is essential to have a clear understanding of why.  Why do we believe what we believe?  Why do we accept certain strains of understanding while disregarding others?  Why is that person a Republican or a Democrat?  Why do they believe what they believe? What causes some to pursue a life of crime or a life of service?  The answers to these questions may not be answerable directly or within a preset time frame but the pursuit of those answers can often help in determining a level of understanding that can shed some light into the deeper confines of the more esoteric and mysterious reason for change.

We all have a unique perspective, and the deeper we delve into the individual psyche the more unique attributes are revealed and the more opportunities there are for discovery; there are innumerable and inexhaustible forays into those variations making the discoveries of belief and life, a series of self-discovery rather than the more accepted belief in an individual growth or advancement.  If our goal is to grow or advance some aspect of our individual psyche then and only then can we claim to have advanced.
Advancing into some realm of understanding is often a process that requires a substantial focus on that specific task with no guarantee of success.  How are we to know if the path we have chosen to pursue will yield positive results?  The very attempt is lauded as a move in the right direction but when compared to the overall results of one’s life the conclusion of validity can only be judged at the moment of our demise making the entire process suspect and risky.

If you have a religious bent to your personal philosophy then your process for change takes on a more ethereal time frame and puts off the judgement of success or failure at least until after your death.  The end results are exactly the same for both the living and the dead but it’s our perception of what is required during life that changes, a perception that encourages a stronger formation of responsibility for those who believe in a greater good overall.  The truth of this perspective will come to play at some point making this discussion moot to some extent but the process of consideration is important as we struggle with the realities of the unknown.

What we think we are as opposed to what actually is, is the gap between the two and may reveal how we ask those pivotal questions and the perception of our understanding of those questions asked.  From the basic premise of a political preference to the more complex reasoning surrounding that premise we weave and dodge, we embrace and dislodge preferring to grab onto some beliefs while discouraging others.  There may be a reason for what we do and there may be a logical component to those decisions made but for every logical affirmation there are just as many uncontrolled and spurious decisions made continuing the eternal imbalance that exists in all of us.

What influences an individual?  What truths need to be ignored for some other truths to be evident?  Or are you of the belief that all truth is needed in concert in order to quantify complete understanding? From the stand of a political preference can we encourage positive change around the premise of one party over the other?  Are we really that desperate in our beliefs that it is imperative to disregard the “truth” of the Republicans to foster the truth of Democrats?

If truth is the ultimate goal then are not all truths important?  It must be decided, what is the truth or more succinctly what truths should be standardized and accepted as truth?  The subject of what is true is a difficult process when our finite perception is based on a mortal existence, where all truths are subject to elucidation and interpretation making the very prospect of discovery a life long process of experimentation and discovery.

Is a person closer to the truth by becoming a Democrat or a Republican?  Are the truths around Trump more salient than those around Hillary?  How do we truly know what the truth about anything is when our ability to discern is based on our human condition, a condition that is by nature temporary and fleeting?  By definition, truth is constant, unchanging and the same for everyone, despite their view from any perspective; truth cannot be subject to interpretation or analysis, it must have a clear and concise meaning, a meaning that does not change nor is open to discussion or manipulation.

I would hope that when we change we change toward the truths that are supposed to exist all around us.  It matters little if we know the truth for the truth to be true.   What we need to understand is the process of obtaining truth and holding on to those principles that will inevitably guide us and motivate us toward more truths.

A beginning guide to the Truth.

Answer the following:
  1. Are there truths or is there only perception?
  2. Can a truth be true for you and not for someone else?
  3. Is it possible to pursue a partial truth?
  4. How do you know if something is true?

When considering the Truth, it is important to recognize the difference between a truth and the mirriad speculations around the truth that we are faced with each and every day.  When we can make the subtle determinations of truth based on the understanding that truth does not change then we can admit to ourselves that our time on earth is a time for learning, a separation of truth from those facts that fail to cross over from the speculative to the unchanging.  If you accept the tenor of TRUTH, that it exists then you must also accept the reality that truths are here for us to find.   

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