Journal Entry #544
August 26th, 2011
I can only speak for myself here but I certainly have lied to myself and I imagine everyone else on this planet has as well but at this point in my life I work very hard at not lying to myself.
The goal for me is to acknowledge and value the truths in this universe but the very first truth that must be acknowledged to do this is the definition of truth. I find so many definitions that will fit into the desires of each individual. I would hope that eventually we can agree on what truth is.
Truth…All that is, all that is real, that is factual.
I also cannot imagine anyone on this planet who desires to be lied to or to lie to themselves but I feel we do it anyways. Why is that? The video I posted below offers a very good explanation for this as well as covering some other very valuable issues.
Phil Plait The Goal of Scepticism Part 1/3
I daily continue to learn how to determine what is true and what is not, how to be truly sceptical on any new matter to determine the truth. One of the problems I see is that we have already determined many truths in life that still many continue to deny or to lie to themselves even though I fully believe they do not believe they are.
I do not expect anyone to take my word for it and I am under no illusion that I can change anyone’s mind. My goal is simply to acknowledge what is true and to share my thoughts and findings. This of course is a gradual process that will be achieved through many hours of discussion and mutual respect. What you acknowledge as true will be completely up to you but I do hope that one day we will reach a consensus as to the definition of truth and how we determine it.
One of the things I continually struggle with is that people are aware of the process to determine to truth as they use it daily throughout their life’s and yet we as a species continually have a difficult time on certain matters. As Phil Plait says we are not hardwired to be critical but to be of faith but this can certainly change.
One of the most important things I have realized is that changes regarding our beliefs and what we value as true does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process of discovery and questioning and answering that can take years.
All I can offer is that I personally subscribe to the philosophy of the 11th commandment and I hope that all others will do their very best to follow it as well. This will be the journey humanity must engage in for us to continue to advance both individually and as a species.