Journal Entry #567
September 18th, 2011
The best way to be popular or to get elected if you are running for a position is to tell the people what they want to hear because the people always think they know what is best for them. Rarely do they want to hear the truth on any matter.
I am constantly amazed at the arguments I hear from people on any number of topics. I am sure I will probably sound arrogant here but people just don’t seem to want to accept the truth on most matters, issues or topics. I have stated this before but many things are just plain obvious and still people refuse to accept them. The latest argument I keep hearing is just another version of the same argument I keep hearing, “The argument from ignorance.”
The problem is that you don’t know anything is true. You have a working hypothesis (that everything you experience is true, except for the stuff you think isn’t true) and you seem content to live with that.
Interestingly, those who believe in God hold a similar position. They experience God every day and seem quite happy with that.
You defined truth as: ‘all that is, all that is real, all that is factual, all that is reality.’
For the religiously inclined, God is real and factual, and present in reality. Your position and theirs is basically the same.
But you do the same thing. You use logic and reason in most areas of your life, but you accept without question that what your perceptions are real. It’s exactly the same thing.
Your claim that those who believe they are living in the presence of a creator are mistaken is matched by your claim that your perceptions are correct, which is equally as flawed.
Faith is simply the expression of the inability to provide verifiable proof. The same verifiable proof is missing when it comes to our experiences of the world. The world you believe to be real may be as illusory as the God believed in by the faithful.
An example of my response and if you need more the few previous blog posts I have covered this;
I do not accept without question, I question all the time. Look this game can go on forever and I have made my case which you are actually proving by continuing to engage in speculation.
You are playing the “what if” game and in this game there is no end and no beginning, If you read my article I covered this well. There can always be an objection but I believe at some point we must reach a conclusion or we just will continue to dwell in fantasy. That is really all there is. We can keep talking fantasy or accept a reasonable shared definition of reality.
I cannot prove a negative and anything in the unknown is a negative. Again it is probabilities or best guess. You sound like you want absolutes and guarantees which do not happen.
I see this argument over and over and really I answered all your questions in my article, your choice to accept or not. It will not change what is true as I am either right or I am wrong on this matter.
We all seem to think we have got it right, that we know what is best but the truth is that most of us don’t know what is best and we are listening to the wrong people, I know what I am writing here and have been writing about in my recent posts will seem trivial and boring to most and many will disagree but as of yet not one person has proven me wrong on this.
I keep asking this fundamental question and people keep going off into speculation land to disagree with it by saying that you can never prove anything for sure or you don’t really know, You can’t prove that god doesn’t exist. You can’t prove you are absolutely right, for all you know reality could be what I think it is, reality is different for me than it is for you, you have faith just like everyone else in something.
I am fully aware I will not be popular, people will not listen to me and very few if any will agree but I do believe that what I present is grounded in its reason and logic, I have carefully thought this through trying to falsify it myself many times and have made several adjustments along the way but at this point this simplistic message I present is solid.
Here it is once again;
Truth- all that is, all that is real, all that is part of reality and all that is factual.
How we determine what is true based on a shared accepted point of reference we call reality. – Verification through the method of the scientific process, reason and logic.
I believe that we cannot verify anything 100% as doubt can always be cast however small so we work on a system of probabilities, best guess and beyond reasonable doubt to say that we know something is true.
We should never believe anything in the unknown to be true until it is verified as known. We can speculate, imagine and engage in fantasy thinking but must always come back to our base of reality. The unknown should not be used as an argument to dispute the known or another unknown as this is just pure speculation.
For every question there can only be one answer that is true.
Once something is known it is no longer up for debate there is only acceptance or ignorance.
There is only truth based on my definition.
The truth will remain the truth no matter what we think our try and do to it, we are powerless over it and yet it is what gives us our power.
Something is either true or it is not even if we do not know if it is true or not.
This is the simple, well maybe not simple message I keep repeating in various forms and people just don’t want to hear it. I am a person who sees things in true or false as to me the grey area can be broken down to this as well. My breakdown of things is offensive to many as it challenges long held ideals and challenges comfort zones in many. Very few have actually taken the time to truly understand what I present before they knee jerk their reaction. The only arguments I have seen so far against this all rely on the unknown to confirm them and to me this is no argument at all. Does this mean I am absolutely right? The answer is obvious if you take the time to understand what I have proposed.
I think what I have offered here and I am probably not the only one is vital to humanities understanding of what truth is and as I have said the truth is all we have. To deny what is true is insanity and yet it happens all the time. This is fundamental, vital and important for humanity but I fear that it will just be the way I see things and stay that way. If I am right it will prevail eventually as it must for it will be true.
You know if I could just get people to listen before they jumped to conclusions and we started off with all the things we can find that we agree on we would see that the methods we use really are not that different after all and only diverge when it comes to something that must circumvent the methods of science or else it will be falsified. If we could just apply logic and reason to those beliefs as well we could actually arrive at the truth.
THERE IS ONLY TRUTH
Seek the truth always
Gary David Currie