The Shocking Truth About “The Truth”
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We love the truth. Why? Because we wanna know it. We, our human minds, want everything reducible to a concrete fact. We want the world in a thimble and for that thimble to have a cap so we can be safe and night and go to sleep.
Plus, we have this part of us which is inherently suspect. We may know a person for 30 years, know them well, and all someone has to say is, “Let me tell you the TRUTH about Joe…,” and our ears perk up and our minds start creating layers of doubt, questions. We honestly think–or more likely fear–that everything and everyone is on some level screwing us and we don’t know it.
I know, it’s a crazy thing but what I asked you here to talk about is that “THE TRUTH” is full of shit. Perhaps the only truth is that there ain’t no absolute TRUTH. Sure, we’re resolute about beliefs and we all have things we’re absolutely, positively certain of but that don’t make it truth. Or maybe it does… and perhaps that’s really the entire point; that the truth is relative, not absolute.
My truth that chocolate is awesome may not be your truth. But when we argue about what’s true maybe we’re both right.
Science has done a hell of a job of seeking truth and the closer they seem to get, the clearer it is that it’s further away. It’s quantum mechanics, particle physics. When we look really close, really, really close, it aint there. But then it is… be that Schrodinger’s cat or the particle.
It’s a complex subject, this simple idea of “THE TRUTH.” I have always been one to question the truth and in my travels I picked up a lot of insight from Ken Wilber, in his deep understanding and writings about “the truth is always relative.” He explains it better than me–of course he commits entire chapters to it. But the simple idea is that there’s always another layer below this truth or beyond.
The reason I am inclined to share is that I want to invite you to wake up and smell the stench whenever you see “The Truth about…” For someone’s always got “the truth” to share. And while their information, experience and story may be valid and even helpful, we’ve got to insert our own filter into every claim, such that it reads inside our heads as, “[A person's relative] Truth About _______.”
Find your own truths, and let them serve you. Be wary of others and any absolute truths. Take what works, checking everything at the gate of your consciousness and let the crap go.
May the absence of absolute truth set you FREE.