A Few Thoughts on Truth and Our Ability to Access It
Recently Flavio Suza posted a very nice article about truth, so I'd like to give my 2 cents on the topic too.
Truth is probably the most misunderstood thing these days. With the plague of fake news that's been diluting the facts with "alternative facts" (or just untrue things in general), it's hard to really know what's true and what's not.
Interestingly, when it comes to statements, Logicians (scientists who delve in the field of Logic, usually in an academic setting) never talk about truth. "A statement is either valid or invalid," a professor of UCL once told me, during a meeting I had with him a few years back. However, as attractive this insight may be to the mind, it doesn't offer much value in our everyday lives.
We need certainties in our lives in order to function well and exhibit confidence in whatever we do. Things that may make sense to us intellectually are oftentimes not enough to help us navigate the storms of life when a loved one is diagnosed with a fatal disease, for example, or when we end up unemployed due to a financial crisis. Ideas are great, but usually not enough and getting attached to them through an ivory tower kind of lifestyle isn't going to help anyone, at least not in the long run.
One thing I've learned through all my travels and experiences is that true knowledge, knowledge that actually changes things and is helpful in times of distress, is not acquired through books. Knowledge that channels truth and is able to help us grow and adapt, this kind of knowledge that's actually worth pursuing, stems from conscious experience. This is often referred to in Gnostic literature, as well as the Buddhist tradition (particularly the teachings about mindfulness). After all, the one thing that we can be truly certain about and that no amount of fake news can affect is our own conscious experience of the world. Others may not share it, but that's the one thing that no matter what, will always remain true to us, and potentially to others eventually.
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