Is The Truth True? — A Funny Question To Ask

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Is the Truth True? This may seem like a funny question to ask, but once we delve into it a bit, there are a few ideas which come to the surface that are easily ignored. You may also want to check out a similar post I wrote on the subject of truth and compare a few notes.The Truth

We take so much for granted because “things are just the way they are”, without inquiring of how they got that way. Are we creators of our lives or victims? Let’s explore a bit.

A Few Theories on Truth

There are a few popular theories out there which do their best to describe what the truth really means. Without going into this stuff too deeply, let’s just quickly review each one.

The Correspondence Theory — What this theory basically implies is that truth corresponds to reality. This is by far the most popular theory. The reasoning behind this is that the truth is based on and corresponds to facts, and not beliefs. Beliefs are opinions which may or may not be true, while facts are considered “what is” and not based on being true or false.

The Cohernece Theory — This is the second most popular and it talks about a belief being true when it does not contradict our other beliefs. So things are true or false based on their ability to fit in with a larger system of beliefs corresponding to reality.

The Pragmatic Theory — Under this theory things are either true or false based on their overall usefulness. So this requires some interaction with the world in order to figure stuff out. Now all of this can get rather confusing especially when you have a guy like Nietzsche mention that “sometimes untruth may be more useful than truth”.

But before we go on, let me mention Deontology which is a theory based on the ethics which determine right and wrong actions. It is living your life based on duty and moral obligations.

Also, here are a couple of definitions of truth from Princeton’s WordNet:

  1. truth(noun)a fact that has been verified
    “at last he knew the truth”; “the truth is that he didn’t want to do it”
  2. truth, the true, verity, trueness(noun)conformity to reality or actuality
    “they debated the truth of the proposition”; “the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat”; “he was famous for the truth of his portraits”; “he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities”

Now that’s enough of that. It is so easy to get lost in this stuff, and really do a number on our minds.

So Where Do We Go from Here?

The purpose of this article is not to start a philosophical discussion on truth, which has already been bantered about for thousands of years. It is to dig a little deeper into exactly “how” we think, and the ideas which we accept and don’t question, but which determine our personal experiences and realities.

In order to get to the essence of all this we need to break this down and keeps things simple. It is making things complex that muddies the water so to speak. Our intention is to eliminate the confusion and fear which exist because of our misperceptions and false interpretations of what is really going on. We can start by finding the utter simplicity of the Present Moment.

Keeping things as simple as possible: The Truth is True.

Now not being able to accept that on face value because of all the “borrowed knowledge” which we have picked up over the years through both formal and informal learning/education, we must insist on filling in the blanks. This is where we open ourselves up to much confusion.
First off, words do a very poor job on enlightening us on this subject. Truth is known by experience, while words just point the way.

Out of the billions of folks on this planet, each one of us has our own version of truth. The reason that these versions lack reliability is that they are changeable and based on the past. Images shift and change before our eyes on a moment-to-moment basis. It takes great willingness and a humble attitude to see these illusions for what they truly our.

Once we recognize and admit that we don’t know what the truth is, we have taken the first step to waking up. We then realize all of our beliefs and facts are merely “accepted fiction”.

We can easily prove this to ourselves by researching all the different ideas around the many areas of our existence such as love, family, exercise, nutrition, life and death, survival, health, sickness, and any other areas in which we blindly accept concepts as true. We need to question all of our ideas around this stuff to break free from our self-imposed limits.

Now you know why I mentioned willingness and humility as vital ingredients to get this done, as it is not easy because of all the fear and resistance which rises to the surface once we mess around with our sacred beliefs about how things are or supposed to be.

This is NOT a Meaningless World

With just a little bit of observation we can observe and become aware that our Universe is based and sustained on natural laws of equilibrium and mathematical exactitude. Within this Cosmos there is not the slightest sign of evidence of chaos anywhere. If there was, we would no longer exist. But we even take this for granted.

Over the many years of astronomical measurement and investigation, no trace of evidence has been discovered of any chaos or disorder anywhere in the Universe. This leads us into the direction of discovering the Truth. We are then led within  ourselves, rather than without to recognize the Truth. This is where our true Power exists, and that Power as well as the Truth is unchangeable.

When we look without, we perceive much apparent chaos and change. What were scientific facts one day have now been replaced with new discoveries and realizations. Technology, science, and medicine have shifted our understanding of life as it continues to uncover new possibilities.  truth and innocence

Once we recognize that there is much behind the apparent images which we view and give meaning to, we are then able to awaken ourselves enough to accept that all illusions are equally untrue. We must remember what it was like when we were kids and much more open-minded. We could more easily accept that we “just don’t know”, and how we see the world and how we think things should be is just one of the many things we just made up.

We have created a bunch of symbols by which we live. It is only our perception which gives it meaning. We also think that this stuff just happens to us. But the good news is we can use all of this made up stuff to awaken. All of our relationships, people, events, places, memories, and thoughts can all serve a very useful purpose.

Our Birthright is Joy and Peace of Mind

There is no meaning in images. We might just as well forgive ourselves and others for our many misperceptions and misinterpretations, as we are all able to release the past in this Present Moment. In this way our future will not be a reflection of our past, but a creation of the Present Moment.  the present moment

Letting go of all distractions empowers us to move forward in confidence. It is the Simplicity of Truth which breaks us free. Our acceptance of this is required in order to release our conflicted state of mind. Freedom and happiness are available right this moment.

William Ernest Henley was an English poet who is most known for his poem Invictus which I would like to share with you now:

“Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

We are all the “Masters of our Fate” and Captains of our Soul”. We are only a decision away from taking the journey to break free from our imaginary chains, which have restricted us, and kept us from the joy and peace of mind which is our birthright.

We must be unafraid to confront our demons of uncertainty, fear, judgment, and many times self-hatred. Because when we do confront them, we see them for what they truly are, mere curtains of mist which are easily blown away to reveal the luminescent rays of a brilliant Light which has always been shining within ourselves. We are deceived no more.

May we all find the Truth which resides within ourselves and is so eager to be revealed.

In Peace and Love within the Light,

Joseph

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14 Replies to “Is The Truth True? — A Funny Question To Ask”

  1. Joseph, this is a very thoughtful article indeed! Truth is being said to be relative but I don’t think so as to facts in our daily life and I always try my best to be honest with others and mainly with myself which is not easy but I think it’s the only way to able to change things that don’t serve us so we can grow. 
    You are right that words do a poor job on enlightening this subject. Words are only images of what we understand under each of them.
    I’ve been interested in personal development for many years but only as a hobby, have never had a coach or anything like that. I would like to ask you what do you think of affirmations and visualisation?
    By the way, the poem is really beautiful. I do feel like a master of my fate and the captain of my soul. 
    Lenka

    1. Thank you Lenka very much for your comments on this subject. And yes, this is one of my favorite poems. 

      We are all on our individual paths to reach the same discoveries, where we actually “understand and know” what is really true beyond the facade of all the images which we currently accept as reality.  Affirmations and visualization are helpful tools which assist us on our journey.  It is just a matter of getting ourselves to “think a different way” so that we are no longer imprisoned within the cell of our limiting beliefs and misperceptions.  

      It’s just important to not lose sight of your destination by getting caught up in any one technique or process.  It’s “good already” and our growth process is to be enjoyed.  All the Best.

  2. Hi Joseph,

    i really enjoyed reading your article about is the truth true. I have to admit its not something I’ve given too  much thought to. When I was younger, I always believed what I was told to be the truth, but as I get older, I have become more and more cynical. Thanks again for a really thought providing article. Regards, Andrew.

    1. Thanks Andrew for your thoughts and comments on this subject.  Cynicism can lead to some great discoveries as we “realize” that things may not be exactly as we thought they were.  Enjoy your adventure.  All the very Best.

  3. Hi Joseph,

    Amazing article! For a while I just lost into your article. At first I’m thinking that it’s based on philosophy but after sometime I got something else. That is all about truth, I had never think before truth also have these kind of meanings & theories. How smoothly you revealed the inner meaning of truth,Useful article! Keep sharing & I want to learn more about it Thanks!

  4. What an interesting article!  Yes, one person’s truth is most definitely not the next person’s truth.  Each of our own “truths” and weighed down by our experiences (both good and bad) our belief system and on how we were raised.  In order to get out from under these negative “truths”, we much humbly free ourselves from them and let go to find true inner peace and become the masters of our own fate.

  5. I’m moved by your article. I think most of us are looking for the Truth. But everyone thinks it has its truth. That’s because we’re unique. The same reality surrounds us, but it depends on our spiritual evolution and the level of education we have reached to find out the truth about this reality. I think there is no absolute truth.

    1. Thanks Carmen for your comments.  Regardless of how we presnetly view things, we are All on a Great Adventure in which we discover new insights on an on-going basis when we are “willing” to pay attention.  All the Best to You.

  6. Our Peace of Kind plays so important roles in our decision-making capabilities. If we are in stress, anxiety or have issues in our life then we are so afraid to accept the reality behind us especially if that reality confines us to think about that truth.

    SO I have to agree that we must be unafraid to become the master of our fate. We have to face reality and deal with it because every problem has a solution.

    The world is changing and so we are. New things come. We learn and grow.
    Willingness and humble attitude keep us moving and gives us the courage to accept the things the way they are. The Truth is True.

    A theory of Truth that is entailed here in this post is so true along these lines and much more.

    1. Thanks you Neha. Your thoughts and insights into this are most appreciated.  Just a little bit of “willingness” is all it takes to see beyond the veil of illusion.  All the very Best to You.

  7. It is so amazing how our lives are built upon what we believe to be the truth. We are what we are because what we have been exposed to and what we except. We can be exposed to something that is called the truth but if we don’t except it is not the truth to us even though it might be. Expectance plays a big part in this word that we call truth also in order for something to be the truth there must be facts to back it up other than that is is just a theory and nothing else.

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