Why do so many fail to accept “truths“? I believe the difficulty in recognizing truth from fiction begins shortly after birth, when we are conditioned to believe in “myths” by those whom we trust the most – our parents. Santa Claus, the Tooth-Fairy, etc.. We then go to school and are indoctrinated – told not to question “authority”. Later , we discover much of what we were told was simply false – regardless of well-meaning people. Truth is not something you can hold in your hands. Its very existence is based on a process of eliminating every other possibility.
In the grand summation of all things, truth will outlast and outweigh all other explanations of reality. Yet, this process is so often ignored, shrugged off by those who would rather deem a truth as a falsehood, without this process in practice. This process is one in which I use every time, as I must first convince myself of “truth” before I can speak it to others. Truth becomes lost or hidden when people fail to diligently seek after it.
People have a natural tendency to assume that if you believe in something strongly enough it will become reality. No matter how dedicated people are to an idea, their positive confessions do not produce truth. You simply can’t use faith and conviction to make something true. Even a person of great doubt can still be correct.
The power of positive thinking is powerless in the real world of hard facts, therefore, the process to seek truth must be enacted. Pride is a huge obstacle to finding the truth – ego handcuffs most from the truth – the ego refuses to be wrong, even if it’s a lie. Any type of lie can be defended to some measure. Most everyone believes the Earth is round, and that appears to be the shape, but upon further inspection – scientific measurements, it is really a bumpy spheroid. Everything does have a potential explanation, but not every explanation makes sense. For me, when they do not make sense, I seek further reasoning – I question everything.
Rodents lack the ability to realize they’re eating something that’s slowly killing them – poison. In most cases, humans aren’t aware they’re consuming something that is poisonous, and that is information. Politicians are experts at feeding the public poison, and people eat it. George H Bush said “read my lips, no new taxes.”. Barack H Obama said “free healthcare. Health care should be affordable to every citizen.” The lack of immediate negative consequences creates a false impression that the poison is manageable. So, in the end – we learn that we must question everything – even ourselves, and find our own truths by eliminating all other possibilities of explanation. Truths will outlast and outweigh all other explanations of reality.
In your search for truths, you must keep an open mind – a blank canvas. Question even what you think you already know. Let your discoveries guide you to the truth, while eliminating all other possibilities. This is how I am led to the truth.