The truth is dead. Long live the search for truth.

Toby Morris (The Spinoff) – The Truth is Dead

  1. Question everything. Absolutely. Poke and prod and research and ask tough questions.
  2. Listen to the answers.

I try to do this a bit, and so do some others, but many people seem to have already made their minds up, they react badly to being questioned and attack the questioner rather than listen.

It would be good if more people did this, but I don’t think there will be any sort of revolution in questioning ones own beliefs any time soon, nor in an improvement in behaviour when beliefs or agendas are questioned or exposed as nonsense.

The search for truth often seems to be overridden by a determination to retain beliefs.

15 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  14th January 2019

    ‘A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.’ Charles Spurgeon

  2. thespectrum

     /  14th January 2019

    Men especially go to obscene lengths to prove they are right
    by bending the evidence every which way for the sake of pride.
    Cooperation has proven to be more successful in recent years
    but it may have come too late.
    Nuclear capability such as it is remains the greatest danger.
    Accidents happen like Fukushima + Chernobyl .
    It will only take one angry man/woman to push a button.
    Climate change is a minor worry compared to the nuclear danger.
    Mans desire to be first to be right has put every one on the edge of the precipice.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  14th January 2019

    Paradoxically, “There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” – Doris Lessing

    “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” ― Warren Wiersbe

    “The biggest abnegator of the truth is undoubtedly the influence of money” – PartisanZ (c.copyright 2019)

    abnegator might be new word # 197?

    • Gezza

       /  14th January 2019

      abnegator – Wiktionary
      https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/abnegator
      Noun. abnegator (plural abnegators) (rare) One who abnegates, denies, or rejects.
      ‎English · ‎Latin

      • Gezza

         /  14th January 2019

        Glad I looked it up. Sounded like some device for making you weak around the middle, despite you having sculptured abdominal muscles. Something you might see on the advertorials after midnight on many tv channels. 😀

      • PartisanZ

         /  14th January 2019

        Yeah … Thanks … MATE!!!

        At least it says “rare” …

        No comment to make about my pithy quote? Most excellent isn’t it?

        Oh well, Cartelocracy and demi-criminal are NW’s # 197 & 198 respectively …

        • Gezza

           /  14th January 2019

          Well, I did actually ponder your quote, trying to work out whether it was an only truism or whether there are other abnegators of truth. And in the process I realised I think I have heard that word, with that meaning, so I looked it up, then I moved on.

          But now you ask, power, fear and love are other abnegators of truth I thought, they are the reasons people say things that are not true, or bend the truth to mislead, and there would be others if I put my mind to it.

          However most pithy sayings are not strictly true in all circumstances. That doesn’t detract from them where they are so clearly true in a general sense or particular situations or reference frames that everyone nods.

          I couldn’t think of any other abnegators of truth that have been so universal for so long in history as the influence of money in Western history.
          … … …
          In short:
          Yup, it’s very true. I like it.

          Ok ? 😐

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th January 2019

    Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient evidence.

    • PartisanZ

       /  14th January 2019

      Well … or it’s the art of living with inconclusiveness as an adequate response to insufficient evidence … without needing to draw conclusions … because evidence isn’t the only input we have to draw upon …

      Aside from our observation and ‘logical’ evaluation of phenomena, we experience a whole host of presentiments and feelings as well …

      We encounter the mysterious ‘world in itself’.

  5. PartisanZ

     /  14th January 2019

    The truth is dead … long live the search for truth!

    Yeah … but … what are the remains of truth gonna look like when we find them?

    • PartisanZ

       /  14th January 2019

      “They located the grizzly remains of truth some years afterwards, amid a cloud of (f)lies and emitting a terrible stench … “

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th January 2019

    If you question everything you will never do anything. Philosophy winds up chasing its own tail. You need to be selective and sufficiently focused to be useful.

    • PartisanZ

       /  14th January 2019

      Yes, provided the focus can be on what you feel as well as mental conclusions drawn from ‘evidence’ …

      And provided useful doesn’t mean merely “a unit of production & consumption” …