VERITY - What is Truth?
This article exposes the Religion of Truth. You will understand why "truth" is the Hallmark of Religion. You will understand why the word TRUTH ultimately resolves to a synonym of the word OPINION.
We understand all concepts because we define them. If someone comes along and invents a word, say “klamokaptica”....it is very easy to make this word God-like by associating tons of mysticism around it. And, it is even easier to brainwash the whole population to parrot this word day in and day out for the rest of their lives, by simply appealing to authority, emotion and the unknown.
It doesn’t work that way for the rest of us who are critical thinkers. We simply ask this person to unambiguously define the key word which makes or breaks their argument: TRUTH. All concepts are defined. There is no avoiding it!
If you cannot define it, then you have NO business using it in a sentence in front of an audience, got it?
WHAT IS TRUTH?
"The word “truth” is a concept that has been conceived by humans for use as a conceptual label of validation on statement types known as propositions. Propositions are statements which propose an alleged case or scenario. This anthropocentric concept of truth is used by many people to intentionally decree a label of “validated acceptance” (i.e. true) or of “validated rejection” (i.e. false) to propositional statements.
But since truth ultimately stems from the validation of propositions, it necessitates an observer who must VALIDATE the proposition before they can label it as ‘true’ or ‘false’. It is obvious that the word “truth” is ultimately dependent on a dynamic process that an observer must perform before labeling a proposition as true/false. This process of validation is called PROOF. A proposition labeled as true/false is always dependent on a human observer’s ability to use their magical powers to validate it as such.
Q: So how do humans validate or prove a statement as truth? What magical powers do they use?
A: Their subjective and limited sensory system!
Since the concept of truth is ultimately dependent on a human’s subjective use of their limited sensory system, it is easy to understand why all truths are subjective; i.e. opinions. Truth is an observer-dependent human-related concept that is inherently subjective. As such, it necessarily resolves to none other than opinion! This limited anthropocentric concept cannot possibly be objective. What is TRUE to you, is a LIE to your neighbor! Your Priest may have convinced YOU of the truth for God, dark matter, black holes, warped space and dark energy, but he hasn’t convinced your neighbor. Truths are inherently biased. Truth is what is dear to YOUR heart & soul, only. Truth means that the authority you worship managed to convince you to believe his statements.
For all intents and purposes, you can use the word “truth” as a synonym to the word “opinion” in every scenario, and you will not change the context or meaning of your dissertation. Just try it and see for yourself.
Remember: TRUTH = OPINION.
Those who disagree, all they need to do is answer the following questions for the audience:
1) What magical means do they use to resolve their statement as being TRUE? Do they use their sensory system? Do they vote on the issue? Do they ask their Priest, God or a higher authority to decide?
2) Is it TRUE that TRUTH is correct? What standard does one use as a benchmark for testing and evaluating TRUTH to be correct? They obviously cannot use truth!!!
Anybody wanna step in the lion’s den and answer these questions for the audience? Are you scared to answer because you will expose your Religion of Truth, or is it because you don’t know? Just be honest with yourself."
PHILOSOPHERS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DEFINE TRUTH FOR THE PAST 3000 YEARS!!!
If you search any academic text of Philosophy, you will be shocked to discover that there is not a single OBJECTIVE definition for the word “truth” anywhere to be found. You may find hundreds of out-of-context half-baked annotations which contradict each other. But these are not definitions by any stretch of the imagination. A definition needs to be first and foremost, objective! This means that the definition cannot invoke observers or their opinions. Furthermore, a definition must be unambiguous and should be able to be used consistently in your dissertation. Finally, a definition must not be contradictory. If someone can contradict it, then it belongs in the trash.
Not a single human has ever defined “truth” objectively and unambiguously in the past 3000 years. So when a human ape invokes the word “truth” in a sentence, what do they mean? Just ask any person for a definition of this formidable word and they will get very offended and run away.
TRUTH IS THE HALLMARK OF RELIGION AND THE ART OF PERSUASION!
The Ancient Greeks already understood that truth was nothing more than OPINION. It was the Sophists of Ancient Greece, like Protagoras , Prodikos , Hippias, Eleios, and Gorgias from Leontini, etc. who persistently advanced the principle that “truth is what suits the individual’s interests”. They had the rationality to understand that there is no truth to be had. But it is rather a human invention that is at best, self-serving.
The Sophists were a bunch of “tricksters” from Athens or other cities, but most came from Ionia. They were not into educating in science, philosophy, mathematics and ethics. They only taught the subtle art of persuasion, and how to “win” over your opponent at any cost. What they taught was called “Rhetoric and Oratory”. Their tools were the concepts of “truth” and “logic”. They taught their students how to argue eloquently and “prove” almost ANY position whether that position was correct or incorrect. Rhetoric is the art of composition and persuasion, while oratory was the art of public speaking. If you are a good speaker with the ability to PERSUADE the audience, then it goes without saying that YOU won the argument because the audience believed YOUR version of the “truth”.
The Sophists had incredible skills in debating and persuading. This is why they educated and trained the sons of well-to-do Athenian citizens. Back then, there were no formal schools of logic and debating. Instead, these were “one-on-one” schools, where the teacher would walk with students and talk with them, teaching them all the “tricks” of debating – for a fee, of course. Rhetoric and oratory were essential “sophistry” skills for Athenian citizens. After all, it was these students who would eventually find themselves debating important issues in the Assembly and the Council of Five Hundred.
In similar fashion, the Systems of Logic we have today, like Classical, Tri-valent, Quantum, Fuzzy, Intuitionist, etc. can be used by present-day “Sophists” to prove almost any statement, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.
How could this be, you ask?
Because each system of logic is based on rules called axioms. All rules are invented by man to set a foundational context of inference. All inference is thus applicable to that context, only; and never outside of it. In Quantum Logic it is PROVEN that a ball exists and doesn’t exist on the table at the same time. This has been validated with observations! So for a person to CLAIM that their Classical Laws of Logic are correct, then such an individual doesn’t understand the concepts of axioms and Systems of Logic.
The bottom line is this: truth is the Hallmark of Religion. It is Religionists who advanced the concept of “truth” to a God-like status we have today. It is Religionists who have all the truths....especially the “absolute” ones! Rational humans don’t have truths. Rational humans are critical thinkers who are able to explain and justify what they say.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
TRUTH = OPINION!
It is very clear that the Internet Personas who profess the doctrine of “truth” are ignorant on the Philosophical issue and its ramifications. They don’t understand the topic nor the arguments that have been revolving around this term for thousands of years.
If not a single Philosopher in the past 3000 years has been able to define “truth”, .....then what makes these clowns on the Internet today think that they are blessed with the gift of knowing “truth”?
"Define truth and it shall set you free" -- fatfist