What is Truth? Part I

The title of this essay has been pondered by every thinking person since the dawn of time. Truth with a capital “T” is the idea that there is a Truth that is consistent throughout the universe. The idea is that once a person discovers universal truth or THE Truth, instant enlightenment is attained.

Perhaps there is one universal truth, but if so, I don't know what it is. My investigations into myself and the universe, my observation of others, and my living of life with all its attendant experiences have shown me that the search for One Truth is futile. I have found that after decades of searching, my search for truth is best experienced on a personal, practical basis.

The idea that if one discovered the One Truth, that one would attain enlightenment has within it, however, a nugget, which can be applied positively to life. If one achieves enlightenment, this must feel very good, I would think. So Truth then, whether universal or personal, must be something that feels good. The problem is, is there one thing, or idea, that feels good to everyone? Identifying this Truth would be very difficult. Chocolate maybe, but there are people who don’t like it!

If you ask 10 people about an event they saw, inevitably there will be 10 different descriptions. That is because a physical being necessarily occupies a unique point in space/time. The physical experience is guaranteed to generate unique points of view on all things

This leads me to think that each person has their own, personal, truth. I think we are on safe ground if we describe Truth as personal to each individual, since people can't seem to agree, throughout history, on one Universal Truth. So let’s say that Universal Truth, if it exists, is not definable in a way that will make everyone happy. Let's also say that Truth, personal or universal, must be something that feels good to you.

I think we are on solid ground here, because the basic reason anyone does anything is because it feels good to do it. Of course there are people who suffer from neuroses and compulsions, but this applies in general to the common lot of humanity.

I have noticed that persons who feel good act more rationally than those who do not. The criminal, the neurotic, the insane, are always unhappy people. (Unhappy can be defined as an emotional state between apathy and antagonism on the scale of emotion/vibration). Therefore truth (and rationality) must have something to do with feeling good. There must be a direct connection between rationality and feeling. This means there is a direct connection between logic and feeling. A logician would laugh at this idea! Logic is defined as purely mental, totally divorced from feeling. But I wonder why the logician delves into logic? I think if the logician were being really truthful, he would have to admit he studies logic because it feels good to him.

Ultimately, it is not logic or rationality that is the reason for living, but the feeling of well being that comes from being on the right life path and doing things that are congruent with your own spiritual growth.

(We define feeling good as a feeling of well being to eliminate those suffering from some kind of mental disorder such as Mass Formation Psychosis, Trump Derangement Syndrome, or Marxist Triggering Disorder. It may “feel good” to see a political opponent jailed or in difficulty, or to scream one’s political beliefs in another’s face, or to desperately hold onto a narrative despite glaringly obvious facts to the contrary, but this is not really a feeling of well-being, but something very low on the emotional/vibrational scale.)

How to apply this idea to everyday life?

Say you know you are going to be laid-off from your present place of employment. In an ideal world, you have two job offers, and another choice to be self-employed. One of the job offers, at a large corporation, comes with a 50% increase in salary, but you don’t like the company. The other job offer is with a small company, and the environment is attractive, but comes with a 40% cut in pay. The other opportunity is to join a group of friends who are starting their own company and want you to join. The risk is enormous because the business might fail, but the upside is also tremendous. After two weeks of intensive thought, weighing the pros and cons, you still can’t make up your mind. You are in an agony of indecision. Logic will not work for you in this situation, because the future is not predictable! We have all made decisions based upon logic alone, only to see the future yield a result that was totally unpredictable.

If you apply the idea of personal truth to this situation, you choose the one that makes you feel better.

The truth is always that which makes you feel the best, regardless of the facts.

This may seem, itself, to be an irrational suggestion. If all of the facts, say, point to the job with the pay increase, then that's the logical and best choice. But what if you feel your gut tightening at the idea? That crummy feeling is your internal guidance system giving you a warning.

The truth always feels better, because the truth is a connection to your true self. Sometimes we lose that connection in our daily grind, and when we do, stress, anxiety and a general sense of the lack of well-being pervades our experiences.

So we summarize our conclusions by saying: There is no one universal truth, but only personal ones. Personal Truths are those thoughts and actions that lead to a genuine feeling of well-being, and which demonstrate a high position on the scale of emotion.

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