The Problem With Truth

What is truth?  There was a time when that was a pretty easy one to answer.  Now I am concerned that not only do people not know what the truth is, but they don’t even care to know.

Today it is “ok” to have your own understanding of what the “truth” is.  In fact, the PC Police have done a good job of intimidating anyone who would claim that they know the truth, especially if their truth makes someone feel bad.  These days it is perfectly acceptable to believe that people can have their “own” set of truths.

Wait a second!  If two “truths” contradict each other then at least one of them must not be true!  (Every time I see this in action I think of a popular song from my college days that had a line that said, “Two men say they are Jesus, one of them must be wrong.”)  Yep, people have different understandings of what is true, but our understanding of what is true has no bearing on whether it is true or not.  Like Dad says, “You don’t really break nature’s laws; you just confirm them, like the law of gravity, for example.”

I just finished reading (again) George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm.  If you haven’t read it, you need to.  Here is the short version.  The animals revolt and take over the farm from the evil humans.  The animals, led by the pigs, create a set of laws to run by, the most important one being “all animals are equal.”  As time goes by the pigs gain more power (because, after all, they are smarter than the other animals) and they begin to change the laws (because, after all, they are smarter than the other animals).  The main law gets re-written to say: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

When America was born, our leaders did a great job of declaring that our rights do not come from man, but from God.  Why?  Because people are basically pigs and will change the laws to benefit the pigs.  If rights come from God, then pigs can say what they want, but they would be wrong.

Not too long ago the pigs decided that it was ok for people to have different views of the truth.  After all, the pigs are the smartest animals.  The pigs have given us permission to believe what we want, and act on it, even if it contradicts truth.  Why?  Because now the pigs are writing the laws and with that they are controlling the animals.  Don’t you see? It’s easier to have faith in a pig you can see who lets you do what you want, than to have faith in God who says you can do what you want, but if you violate the truth you will get burned.

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4 Comments on “The Problem With Truth”

  1. Monica Diaz Says:

    TRUTH is a big word. While there are some perceptions that can differ from one person to the next and still be true, for example about the significance of things, the way a relationship is going. There can be coexisting truths and in those cases it is more important to understand eachother than to debunk each other’s take on the truth. In those cases, believing there is only one truth gets in the way of things.

    On the other hand, there are those “absolute” truths, or unbreakable laws as you put it. Generosity to others is a better way to thrive. No doubt about it. Not everyone knows this, but the law still holds true for them. They suffer the consequences of breaking it and might never understand why things happen to them if they do not become aware of it. It is not difficult to see if you live your life with awareness, observe what things work and what things do not work.

    We are beings interested in finding significance in everything. The concept of TRUTH has always fascinated us. But it is tragic that – as you say – many people “do not care to know”, do not stop to see if their assumptions are producing the results they want, improving the relations they find important and making life better for themselves and for the rest of the world. It always amuses me that there is so little reflection in people who are “successful” in our society. I strongly believe this needs to change, and people can be more happy and effective if they take the opportunity to see the truth out there.

    Your work is significant because it gets people thinking, watching, being responsible for their lives. Thanks for a great reflection stemming from your post.

  2. Mimi Long Says:

    Following the Pigs to Pigville is a Bad Choice –
    Choose Wisely

    From – St. Matthew 26 and Luke 22

    Now the feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was drawing near, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas, the one surnamed Iscariot, who was counted among the Twelve, and he went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them.

    They were pleased and agreed to pay him money.
    He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him over to them in the absence of a crowd. When the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”
    They asked him, “Where do you want us to make the preparations?”

    And he answered them, “When you go into the city, a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and say to the master of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations there.”
    Then they went off and found everything exactly as he had told them, and there they prepared the Passover.
    When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.

    He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it (again) until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
    Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;
    for I tell you (that) from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

    Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.”
    And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.
    “And yet behold, the hand of the one who is to betray me is with me on the table;
    for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed.”

    And they began to debate among themselves who among them would do such a deed.
    Then an argument broke out among them about which of them should be regarded as the greatest.
    He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’;
    but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.
    For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.
    It is you who have stood by me in my trials;
    and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

    “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”
    He said to him, “Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you.”
    But he replied, “I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me.”
    He said to them, “When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?” “No, nothing,” they replied.
    He said to them, “But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one.”
    For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, namely, He was counted among the wicked; and indeed what is written about me is coming to fulfillment.”

    Then they said, “Lord, look, there are two swords here.” But he replied, “It is enough!”
    Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.
    When he arrived at the place he said to them, “Pray that you may not undergo the test.”

    After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
    (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
    He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.)
    When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.
    He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”

    While he was still speaking, a crowd approached and in front was one of the Twelve, a man named Judas. He went up to Jesus to kiss him.
    Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
    His disciples realized what was about to happen, and they asked, “Lord, shall we strike with a sword?”
    And one of them struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.
    But Jesus said in reply, “Stop, no more of this!” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
    And Jesus said to the chief priests and temple guards and elders who had come for him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

    Day after day I was with you in the temple area, and you did not seize me; but this is your hour, the time for the power of darkness.”
    After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest; Peter was following at a distance.
    They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter sat down with them.
    When a maid saw him seated in the light, she looked intently at him and said, “This man too was with him.”
    But he denied it saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
    A short while later someone else saw him and said, “You too are one of them”; but Peter answered, “My friend, I am not.”
    About an hour later, still another insisted, “Assuredly, this man too was with him, for he also is a Galilean.”
    But Peter said, “My friend, I do not know what you are talking about.” Just as he was saying this, the cock crowed,
    and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.”
    He went out and began to weep bitterly.
    The men who held Jesus in custody were ridiculing and beating him.
    They blindfolded him and questioned him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?”
    And they reviled him in saying many other things against him.

    When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin.
    They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond.
    But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.
    They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied to them, “You say that I am.”
    Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”

  3. anita Says:

    We seem to live in a “truth is how you spin it” society. It’s discouraging when “truth” is hard to verify. …you should see my daughter’s AP World History text.

  4. shill Says:

    So that explains Mark 5 and the swines..
    Those demons….

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