I taught Sunday school many moons ago and utilized the concept of “truth” for several weeks. The path I chose was to start with physical items and then move down to personal items. Example: gravity is a truth which can be tested and shown to anyone. Preference for cherry coke is a personal truth which is individual. The series covered all the ground between the two utilizing several steps of language, culture, education with the final object being a better understanding of what truth was. I am a believer in truth according to the level it occupies. Global warming may be true to the opinion of Algore, but has no factual basis in weather systems. Truth is relative to the population of conversation it occupies. We call the color “red”, in Japenese, it is “aka”. Each one is true in their population. The closer one gets to the physical laws, the less objective or personally associated truth becomes. It may have different names, but gravity works the same and has the same values for everyone. Light travels at the same speed in Bangkok as it does in Washington.
I am reminded of this operation of truth in the following article from which I pulled the following lines:
How can we be so cavalier about the facts? Perhaps one of the worst things about the “post-modern” age is the pervasive belief that lies are harmless, that in other words the truth doesn’t exist; merely something you create by issuing talking points, faked memos and bogus facts. We are taught it is endlessly malleable and smugly told you can explain away an attack on a US consulate in Benghazi by blaming a video produced in LA.
Jesus stood before Pilate right before the crucifixion and heard “what is truth?” I note that the judge in this case found no fault and the population delivered the author of truth to die, which is the result of not accepting truth. Stated in the inverse fashion, “the truth shall set you free.” How can a population continue to survive without acceptance of truth? Short answer – they can’t. That may be the background motivation for those who despise this country and its founding. Once that truth of history and its philosophies are removed, there is nothing left to hold up its structure.
From the comments:
As far as the corrupt data generated by a corrupt system; it has to be noted that both the institutionalized delays causing deaths of veterans, and the institutionalized rewards for supervisors crossed regions and time spans to such an extent that the level “Somewhere underneath Shinseki — among the undersecretaries and deputy undersecretaries and bosses and sub-bosses” has to be real, real close to Shinseki. And perhaps in his shoes. And since money is involved, has anyone audited the bosses who got the bonuses? And maybe their bosses? And maybe all the way to Shinseki or above. Kickbacks are features, not bugs, in Democrat administrations. And government money is free, right?
The key problem is not merely that the system generates both corrupt data and intrinsic corruption. That is a natural byproduct of an all-powerful government. The problem is that there is absolutely no way to either correct the corrupt data or to keep the corruption within bounds. There is no theft, felony, abuse of trust, bribery, or assault on the Constitution that will be cause for actual punishment of any TWANLOC government official or person connected to them
* additional thoughts*
Considering truth in its forms relative to the population in question – how about genotype compared to phenotype?
As a matter of government, I have little or no desire to police how Cox or any other man or woman conducts his or her personal life. But having a culture organized around the elevation of unreality over reality in the service of Eros, who is a sometimes savage god, is not only irrational but antirational.