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> adequatedane wrote: I'd like to pose questions about what others feel or > think about truth.What is truth?

"Truth" is different things for different people, depending on their perspective. Thus a scientist understands "truth" differently to a priest (though they both use unconscionable means to defend their "truth turf"). On other levels a mathematician understands mathematical "truth"; an artist, artistic "truth".

Most people distinguish "truth" from an untruth. This is the most commonly held notion of "truth". This is quickly and easily elevated to a hypothesis of so-called "relative truth". One could then say that though two people or groups see things differently, what they see is legitimately "the truth" to each of them, though considered differently by the other. But this is more like point of view. Each person finds their own point of view agreeable, the others disagreeable. A third party sees that each is "right" in their own way and concludes that one man's meat is another mans poison. Therefore truth is relative.

But none of these things is about Truth. Truth must logically be mutually exclusive; two separate aspects cannot co-exist. It either is, or it is not True.

According to this view, there can be only one version of truth, that is - The Truth. How do we know that this highly prized virtue is seriously lacking on Earth? Just because we need to ask the question: "What is truth".

I read somewhere, cant recall right now, that the Buddha (or some great Buhhdist) is reputed to have said something paradoxically along the lines of: "there is only one truth on Earth: that nothing is true".

Theosophy and other oriental philosophies assert that only what is eternal and unchangeable can be True. All else is illusion. Only the causless cause, the Great Spirit, That which is but which is not, is (and exemplifies) Truth. Therefore though much can be learnt and known about the material world, it is only truth so far as it is known (derived) from The Truth. That which is derived from knowledge of the illusion is likewise illusion.

So what seems to be an obvious truth to those of us mired in illusion, such as for example that one day follows another in a linear fashion, might be a complete fiction from an eternal unchangabel point of view (past, present and future occur simultaneously - within the indivisible, timeless, causeless, boundless singularity.)

On the other hand, mortals, are supposed to be able to sense that truth, some are lucky enough to glimpse it. Usually they wish for more and in their pursuit of it make successive approximations, each hopefully nearer than the last, to The Truth (a kind of relativity, I guess) thus gaining and growing in that knowledge which carries them towards the Truth.

Or something like that...
Cheers, Zurg

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Questions about Truth 748 adequatedane 24-Jan-04 10:24
Re: Questions about Truth 179 Segestan 24-Jan-04 14:00
Re: Questions about Truth 172 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 08:38
Re: Questions about Truth 212 gene douglas 24-Jan-04 14:57
Re: Questions about Truth 178 Alex S 25-Jan-04 01:13
Re: Questions about Truth 179 gene douglas 25-Jan-04 04:04
Re: Questions about Truth 189 Alex S 26-Jan-04 01:18
Re: Questions about Truth 199 gene douglas 26-Jan-04 02:14
Re: Questions about Truth 185 Alex S 27-Jan-04 01:57
Re: Questions about Truth 176 gene douglas 27-Jan-04 09:44
Re: Questions about Truth 167 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 08:34
Re: Questions about Truth 198 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 08:42
Re: Questions about Truth 186 gene douglas 25-Jan-04 10:05
Re: Questions about Truth 181 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 11:21
Re: Questions about Truth 173 gene douglas 25-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Questions about Truth 200 gene douglas 25-Jan-04 16:14
Re: Questions about Truth 182 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 17:06
Re: Questions about Truth 170 gene douglas 25-Jan-04 21:51
Re: Questions about Truth 188 adequatedane 26-Jan-04 22:50
Re: Questions about Truth 172 David L 24-Jan-04 15:55
Re: Questions about Truth 168 newrisingsun 24-Jan-04 17:32
Re: Questions about Truth 179 RichardC 24-Jan-04 23:40
Re: Questions about Truth 198 David L 25-Jan-04 03:46
Re: Questions about Truth 175 RichardC 25-Jan-04 19:45
Re: Questions about Truth 181 David L 25-Jan-04 20:49
Re: Questions about Truth 199 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 09:37
Re: Questions about Truth 180 David L 25-Jan-04 17:31
Re: Questions about Truth 167 adequatedane 26-Jan-04 22:55
Re: Questions about Truth 187 adequatedane 28-Jan-04 23:04
Re: Questions about Truth 163 David L 28-Jan-04 23:28
Re: Questions about Truth 170 adequatedane 29-Jan-04 23:01
Re: Questions about Truth 177 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 23:26
Re: Questions about Truth 187 David L 30-Jan-04 03:24
Re: Questions about Truth 195 wirelessguru1 30-Jan-04 03:48
Re: Questions about Truth 202 David L 30-Jan-04 22:32
Re: Questions about Truth 172 wirelessguru1 31-Jan-04 00:30
Re: Questions about Truth 168 adequatedane 30-Jan-04 21:01
Re: Questions about Truth 189 David L 30-Jan-04 22:24
Re: Questions about Truth 177 banah 31-Jan-04 09:13
Re: Questions about Truth 173 David L 31-Jan-04 14:20
Re: Questions about Truth 198 banah 31-Jan-04 20:20
Re: Questions about Truth 182 David L 01-Feb-04 01:59
Jesus didn't say anything of the sort 172 Richard Fusniak 01-Feb-04 14:28
Re: Jesus didn't say anything of the sort 224 banah 01-Feb-04 17:21
Re: Questions about Truth 170 Zurg 03-Feb-04 08:12
Re: Questions about Truth 164 banah 04-Feb-04 10:58
Re: Questions about Truth 198 adequatedane 31-Jan-04 10:17
Re: Questions about Truth 181 banah 31-Jan-04 09:20
Re: Questions about Truth 195 David L 30-Jan-04 03:26
We don't live in a "true or false" world... 176 David L 30-Jan-04 03:30
Re: We don't live in a "true or false" world... 198 banah 31-Jan-04 09:27
Re: We don't live in a "true or false" world... 178 adequatedane 31-Jan-04 10:53
Re: We don't live in a "true or false" world... 167 David L 31-Jan-04 13:38
Re: We don't live in a "true or false" world... 177 banah 31-Jan-04 20:47
Re: Questions about Truth 152 RichardC 24-Jan-04 23:50
Re: Questions about Truth 214 adequatedane 25-Jan-04 09:48
Re: Questions about Truth 201 RichardC 25-Jan-04 19:49
Re: Questions about Truth 188 adequatedane 26-Jan-04 23:00
Re: Questions about Truth 210 RichardC 26-Jan-04 23:32
Re: Questions about Truth 187 banah 25-Jan-04 17:56
Re: Questions about Truth 174 adequatedane 26-Jan-04 23:24
No such thing 186 Nejc 25-Jan-04 23:13
Re: No such thing 191 adequatedane 26-Jan-04 23:40
Re: No such thing 175 Alex S 27-Jan-04 14:13
Re: No such thing 174 gene douglas 27-Jan-04 19:01
Re: Questions about Truth 191 Mark Staab 25-Jan-04 23:35
Re: Questions about Truth 178 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 00:15
Re: Questions about Truth 179 Mark Staab 27-Jan-04 02:00
Re: Questions about Truth 176 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 22:40
Re: Questions about Truth 190 banah 30-Jan-04 19:40
Re: Questions about Truth 169 Mark Staab 30-Jan-04 22:22
Re: Questions about Truth 184 banah 31-Jan-04 11:05
Re: Questions about Truth 220 Mark Staab 01-Feb-04 06:33
Re: Questions about Truth 216 banah 01-Feb-04 11:48
Re: Questions about Truth 179 adequatedane 01-Feb-04 16:06
Re: Questions about Truth 167 banah 01-Feb-04 17:25
Re: Questions about Truth 187 adequatedane 02-Feb-04 23:58
Re: Questions about Truth 189 banah 04-Feb-04 11:04
Re: Questions about Truth 180 adequatedane 05-Feb-04 22:26
Re: Questions about Truth 165 banah 07-Feb-04 13:19
Re: Questions about Truth 201 adequatedane 07-Feb-04 14:47
Re: ps 173 banah 01-Feb-04 17:29
Re: Questions about Truth 170 Mark Staab 01-Feb-04 23:42
Re: Questions about Truth 167 banah 04-Feb-04 11:07
Tree of knowledge is the kundalini shakti 188 David L 01-Feb-04 21:33
Re: Tree of knowledge is the kundalini shakti 198 Mark Staab 02-Feb-04 02:09
Re: Tree of knowledge is the kundalini shakti 226 David L 02-Feb-04 23:50
Re: Tree of knowledge is the kundalini shakti 178 Mark Staab 03-Feb-04 05:57
Re: Tree of knowledge is the kundalini shakti 208 David L 03-Feb-04 16:11
Regarding the Old Testament... 166 David L 03-Feb-04 16:19
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 179 banah 04-Feb-04 10:45
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 163 David L 04-Feb-04 13:49
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 188 Mark Staab 05-Feb-04 00:38
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 167 David L 05-Feb-04 01:07
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 195 banah 05-Feb-04 16:48
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 189 David L 05-Feb-04 19:51
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 179 wirelessguru1 06-Feb-04 00:50
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 204 David L 06-Feb-04 01:49
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 187 wirelessguru1 06-Feb-04 02:24
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 164 Anne-Marie 06-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 185 adequatedane 06-Feb-04 14:09
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 176 David L 06-Feb-04 18:37
Who speaks the truth... 198 wirelessguru1 07-Feb-04 01:37
Re: Who speaks the truth... 192 David L 07-Feb-04 06:12
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 197 banah 07-Feb-04 13:05
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 207 David L 07-Feb-04 15:49
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 186 Anne-Marie 06-Feb-04 07:22
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 169 wirelessguru1 07-Feb-04 02:28
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 187 Anne-Marie 07-Feb-04 08:19
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 163 banah 07-Feb-04 13:13
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 186 David L 07-Feb-04 16:17
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 180 Cesar 07-Feb-04 17:22
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 223 David L 07-Feb-04 17:48
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 185 Anne-Marie 07-Feb-04 19:59
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 190 David L 07-Feb-04 22:01
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 201 wirelessguru1 08-Feb-04 19:23
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 184 Anne-Marie 08-Feb-04 20:18
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 533 wirelessguru1 08-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 171 Cesar 08-Feb-04 18:31
Re: Regarding the Old Testament... 169 David L 08-Feb-04 19:15
Re: Questions about Truth 189 Caduceus 27-Jan-04 01:32
Re: Questions about Truth 192 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 22:49
Re: Questions about Truth 179 Caduceus 29-Jan-04 04:12
Re: Questions about Truth 190 xiang 27-Jan-04 03:16
Re: Questions about Truth 175 Caduceus 27-Jan-04 10:53
Re: Questions about Truth 203 wirelessguru1 27-Jan-04 17:49
Re: Questions about Truth 169 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 22:13
Re: Questions about Truth 185 wirelessguru1 27-Jan-04 22:28
Re: Questions about Truth 171 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 23:16
Re: Questions about Truth 206 wirelessguru1 28-Jan-04 00:04
Re: Questions about Truth 192 adequatedane 28-Jan-04 21:32
Re: Questions about Truth 179 xiang 28-Jan-04 01:50
Re: Questions about Truth 189 adequatedane 28-Jan-04 21:55
Re: Questions about Truth 183 wirelessguru1 27-Jan-04 07:57
Re: Questions about Truth 174 adequatedane 27-Jan-04 23:24
Re: Questions about Truth 166 wirelessguru1 28-Jan-04 00:24
Re: Questions about Truth 170 adequatedane 28-Jan-04 22:22
Re: Questions about Truth 155 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 01:03
Re: Questions about Truth 159 adequatedane 29-Jan-04 23:35
Re: Questions about Truth 172 wirelessguru1 29-Jan-04 23:56
Re: Questions about Truth 193 adequatedane 30-Jan-04 02:19
Re: Questions about Truth 176 wirelessguru1 30-Jan-04 03:15
Re: Questions about Truth 163 adequatedane 30-Jan-04 21:32
Re: Questions about Truth 183 wirelessguru1 31-Jan-04 01:04
Re: Questions about Truth 193 adequatedane 31-Jan-04 09:23
Re: Questions about Truth 172 wirelessguru1 31-Jan-04 19:33
Re: Questions about Truth 189 Zurg 30-Jan-04 13:19
Re: Questions about Truth 171 adequatedane 30-Jan-04 22:07
Re: Questions about Truth 180 Dominick Ohrbeck 30-Jan-04 21:39
Re: Questions about Truth 172 adequatedane 31-Jan-04 10:47
Re: Questions about Truth 173 Cesar 08-Feb-04 11:51


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