Uncanceled: What is Truth?
It is the most important question in History. There is no more direct and profound question that we can ask others and ask ourselves. Answering that question gives meaning to life. Not answering, well…
The truth can be reached by reason. The good, the beautiful and the true can be accessed through knowledge. Despite that, justice can be irrational and false; and reason, unjust and lying. For some time now, truth has been at odds with justice, reason and public opinion.
The truth is not what twelve jurors think is fair. The truth is not being right after having convinced public opinion with arguments. Justice works with logical arguments that are often at odds with the truth.
Did Johnny Depp win the defamation trial against his ex-wife because he was telling the truth? We do not know. Maybe Amber Heard was telling the truth, but justice agreed with Depp because his lawyers were better. What if Heard was really abused by Depp, but the truth was hidden behind arguments, appearances and lies?
History teaches us that people can be standing in front of the truth (the Truth with a capital T) and not see it, cannot or do not want to see it. We can look into the Truth eyes, hidden in dirt, sweat and blood, and ask: What is truth?
Is the truth the opinion of the majority? Is it the verdict of a jury? Is it a claim? Is it a simulation, a drill? Is it just a substance, a quality or a relationship? The answer to all of that is no.
Can the truth be shattered and strangled? Can it be hidden behind witnesses, fallacies and lies? Can it bend until just before it becomes a lie? Can it be hidden by legalisms and formal uses and customs? Can it be assumed that it is always successful? Can justice benefit a criminal and convict an innocent? Can public opinion be manipulated with an opinion? The answer to all of that is yes.
The search for truth is the north of all our thoughts and actions since begore ancient Greece. The truth helps us to give meaning to existence, to reason and to justice. Without truth there is no sense or opinion or verdict.
But what is the truth?
The Truth is not what I want it to be, it is not suitable to my desires or feelings, it is not negotiable or debatable, it is not me and it is not you. The truth is not changed by the impetuous opinions of the majority.
The masses have never been thirsty for the truth because they distance themselves from the facts they don’t like and adore the errors that make them fall in love. The owner of the masses will be the one who knows how to deceive them. Whoever tries to undeceive them will be a victim of the masses. (Charles-Marie Gustave LeBon)
The truth IS, it is one and indivisible. The truth must be known, and not just repeated like a parrot. The truth can be discovered from the height of knowledge or from the pit of ignorance.
The truth needs courage, which is a strength of the soul that means maturity, vigor of spirit, audacity of will and, also, the capacity for love and sacrifice. This ability will help hold what is true as true and what is false as false.
We all came into the world to bear witness to the truth, to enlighten those who live in lies, to help the cowards who keep the salt of their lives and do not share it.
Being disciples of the truth requires courage. Telling the truth takes effort. The truth takes patience. Truth is the foundation of civilization. The first stone of the construction of each life and of society is the truth.
The truth today suffers from a strange phenomenon. People are shy to talk about it and are afraid to name it. Uncertainty and ambiguity result in compromises of the truth. People are afraid to believe the truth.
The truth is in crisis. Objective truth, inseparable from reality, has been replaced by subjective truth: one’s own experience and consciousness and free opinion. Truth it is no longer searched to find but investigated to demolish it.
People prefer emptiness, nothingness, darkness to the full light of truth. The blind lead the blind along the paths of lies and conformism, comfort and selfishness.
The new selected, naturalistic, philanthropic, pluralistic and utilitarian truth worships the human being, man or woman indistinctly. Be a lovable actor or a rude actress. Believing in someone, or in his arguments for or against him, does not make him true, nor does disbelief in that person make him false.
So, what is truth?