TRUTH: Let’s Get Metaphysical…

TRUE and TRUTH

Fundamentals (like Truth) can’t be perfectly defined. They must remain at least in part idea, awareness, perception, theory—because they are principles: the source, not product, of definition.

True and Truth are often confused. “I think Bob is stupid” may be true, but the Truth is that Bob may be in fact very smart.  True is an adjective, Truth is a noun.  Truth is, in fact, an absolute—a first principle—indisputable.  Like the Universe—nature itself—everything requires truth to even be (exist) in the first place.  (This means that truth must have preceded even the Universe.) True is a mere modifier with an opposite—false.  Don’t confuse it with truth.  Truth has no opposite, only an absence of itself.

But the concept (of Truth) has to be articulated to some degree so that we can deal with it—after all, that’s

GLOBAL WARMING: One cannot KNOW anything that isn’t TRUTH

TRUTH: a verified or indisputable fact; verity.  The principle of actuality or actual existence; conformity with fact or reality.    Mathematical certainty (i.e., 1+1=2).  Or another way of putting it: Truth is what remains after everything impossible has been eliminated.

A few years ago it was fashionable to claim that 98% of all climate scientists agreed that anthropogenic global warming (that resulting from man’s burning of carbon fuels) was endangering the very future of our planet.  The fact of 98% of anyone ever agreeing on anything being suspect on its face seemed to be irrelevant, but anyone disagreeing with that announcement was labeled a denier and summarily banished from ‘science’ as a charlatan.

The fact (truth) is that the claim is false.  The number may have been invented by counting all members of all organizations not denying the claim.  The fact is

YOUR ESSENCE: YOUR PERSONAL NOTHING-THAT-MATTERS

What follows is more from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth...

 

Earlier we said that some degree of maturity is necessary to make everything work.  In fact, what’s really necessary is some degree of other-than-physical development, an ongoing, never-ending, maturation process.    You have to continue growing even after you realize that you are expanding along with the universe itself.

John J. Goetz, in his research and writing in urban studies (1989, personal communication), has enumerated certain characteristics of mature individuals who continue to grow as human beings:

They do not always put themselves first;  

They relate well to others, and treat others as individuals;

They seek the ultimate well-being of others in addition to their own;

They realize their limited abilities and see value in a diversity of talents and backgrounds;

They are able to discern, to see past words

BELIEVE WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW

… and BECOME WHO YOU REALLY ARE

 What follows is from Chapter Nine of To Tell The Truth…, available from this website as well as Amazon.  See also the BLOG of April 17, entitled Nothing Matters.

 

While the mind is how the brain relates each individual beyond himself, its use necessarily is limited to terms that its owner can deal with.  But while our minds require our brains, the ubiquitous potency of the universe does not.  In other words, there remains a dimension that is the essence of our existence, a vital incorporeal part of life itself that pervades our being.  It exists within us as well as in all of space without us, connecting each of us to not only every other one of us, but every corner of the universe, perhaps beyond.  This essence is original, eternal and immortal, meaning

ARMAGEDDON

Worried about North Korea?  Please don’t. The worst that could happen is too grim to contemplate.  One can only assume that clearer heads will prevail because, if they don’t, the world will be too messy to clean up.  Armageddon.

Let’s assume that China will prevail and ‘The North’ will be brought down to size.  Let’s assume as well that Trump will mean what he says.  So far he has.  There are too many ways to stop North Korea in its tracks.  All it takes is balls, and after 8+ years we finally have them.   What remains is to use them.  Reason says we will.

Missles can be fouled at their source; cyber warfare is real.  The Mother of All Bombs has a family as well.  ‘The North’ has been tolerated as far as possible.  Now it’s pay-up

NOTHING MATTERS

EVERYTHING (even nothing) MATTERS

Back in 1993 I had the unsettling experience of waking up suddenly—literally—to the realization that nothing matters.  Obviously there was more to it than that—of course at least some things matter, one of which is that the experience itself mattered to the extent that it changed my life in a big way.

An alternate translation—it doesn’t matter—helped to clear up the mystery.  Lots of things that we don’t even consider matter a lot, things that are there whether or not we are.  We simply ignore them because there’s nothing we can do about (or without) them anyway.

The point of all this is that by digging a little deeper into life, we can get more out of it.  It’s amazing what can be done with even a little bit of extra thought.

While I might not be able to convey