“The truth never arrives neatly wrapped.” (Thomas Powers)


What is truth? The dictionary gives this definition, “a verified or indisputable fact”. The dictionary also gives this one, “conformity with reality.” But what if we went back in time and talked to some of the great minds of the ancient past like Euclid, Pythagoras and Archimedes. What if we asked them this simple question, “Is the world round?” How do you think they would respond? Their truth would have been that the world was flat because that explanation would best conform with reality. The truth that the world is actually round hasn’t been the truth for very long at all in terms of the entirety of human history. The idea that Earth was the center of the universe was the only acceptable truth for most of that time as well. 

Now we have a completely different truth. The world is round and we live in a distant corner of the universe, which is infinite. None of us is able to explain infinity in a way that makes it an indisputable fact but it sounds good in theory. It also raises more questions than it answers which is always the problem with truth, what we know for sure is minuscule compared to what we don’t know at all. But humans are full of hubris when it comes to knowledge and our acceptable truth becomes all-consuming in our rush to judgement. And ultimately, judgement is the end game for most people. Our truth enables us to judge the untruths of others. The pope wasn’t very happy when Galileo pointed out that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. It was 1992 before the Catholic Church apologized for the way he was treated.

My thesis for this blog is simply to point out that whatever truth we believe in now may yet be proven to be totally foolish in the future and subjective truth is the most susceptible of all. When we take the tiniest amount of truth and expand it into an ideology, we risk everything and humans do this all the time. The political correctness nonsense that permeates society currently is the perfect example of subjective truth. Imposing their perception of truth on people who do not share their views is no different than what happened during the inquisition. Now, no one is being physically tortured in the dungeon but a whole lot of people are being convicted of being racists, homophobes and misogynists in the court of public opinion known as the internet. The only difference this time is that the accusers do their injustice anonymously, which is to say with absolute cowardice and without due process.

Aldous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” The fact is humans are the most complex creatures on the planet and generalizations are completely useless when it comes to explaining human behavior. For every prejudicial claim I have ever heard about race, faith, gender or political belief I can give a dozen examples of why it makes no sense. Are there people who have these horrible proclivities? Absolutely, but they are just a tiny fraction of the entire population and not nearly the threat they are believed to be. Generalizations are completely fabricated falsehoods intended to spread the ideology not increase our self-awareness or even affect change. All the academics who believe their way is the only way to live are always going to be proven wrong by human nature. Humans have too many variables to ever be quantified in a lab. That’s a good thing because freedom of thought is what leads to more truth and the evolution of the species as a whole. If we stop thinking for ourselves and succumb to the group thinking pattern that political correctness espouses, we are in serious trouble. I would rather be dead than living in a world where everyone has the same opinion and no one is willing to speak freely.

Even when we achieve more scientific truth there will always be philosophical truth that needs to be learned and disseminated as well. Philosophical truth is the truth of our existence and it is almost impossible to quantify or qualify in terms of a formula that accurately predicts future behavior. It would be a fool’s errand to think human behavior will ever be completely predictable but that doesn’t mean we stop trying to educate ourselves and bring meaning to our lives. The purpose of our being should be to grow our humanity, compassion, understanding and courage as individuals that care about all of mankind and are willing to do whatever it takes to make life on Earth better for all of us. The formula for successful human evolution was given to us by Jesus when He gave His sermon on the mound. No one since has ever been able to improve upon His deeply philosophical truth.

Truth is never going to be whatever we want it to be. Far from it…it’s uncomfortable, unnerving and uniquely applied to each of us because we all have free will. Freedom to choose, freedom to think for ourselves, freedom to act on our own best interests and the freedom to express our opinions are the essence of truthful humanity, not ideology. Every time we give in to ideology, we give up our humanity and the world gets a little darker for all of us. I will never let that happen. You can love me or you can hate me but you will never stop me from doing what Jesus asked of me…“Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

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3 Responses to “The truth never arrives neatly wrapped.” (Thomas Powers)

  1. Lotte Blot says:

    THE TRUTH changes facts. ..”know the truth and the truth shall set you free” …transformed by the renewing of the mind..

    Good blog!!! Hope you saw The Shack

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. duaneburman says:

    Thanks for speaking the Truth….during these amazing times of FAKE TRUTHs!
    God’s blessings to you, yours and have a very Happy Easter—knowing that God will use your faithful effort to care & connect with the scared little guy as you waited to turn him over to the great staff @ the hospital!

    • grhgraph says:

      The truth will set us free but freedom scares too many people. It’s not exactly a Brave New World is it?

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