Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Integrity of Truth

The whole notion of truth, which naturally and without reflexion we assume to mean the simple duplication by the mind of a ready-made and given reality, proves hard to understand clearly. There is no simple test available for adjudicating offhand between the divers types of thought that claim to possess it. Common sense, or corpuscular philosophy, ultra-critical science, or energetics, and critical or idealistic philosophy, all seem insufficiently true in some regard and leave some dissatisfaction. It is evident that the conflict of these widely differing systems obliges us to overhaul the very idea of truth, for at present we have no definite notion of what the word may mean.

William James in his 1907 essay, Pragmatism and Common Sense opens an inter canal of knowing that is hard to dismiss without feeling a twinge in the solar plexus. Truth is a fragment in this physical world of beliefs. Beliefs are boxes of truths that bend and expand based on our significant selection of thoughts.

We vibrate to the music of probable constructs or prejudiced perceptions, and assign a meaning to them. These perceptions have roots in truth. We also block other thoughts that have just as much credence as our focused thoughts. We find the self accepting a series of truths that we accept as our reality.

Reality is born out of our selective thought process and belief structure.

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