Do you believe that "Truth is relative"?
August 13, 2008 8:03am CST
The truth that we know now, might not be the same truth we will recognize tomorrow. I can cite as an example how people in the past beleived that the world was flat and that anyone who said otherwise was considered "crazy" or was outcasted. When Columbus circumnavigated the world and proved that the world was round, that was the only time that people changed the truth that they know into the truth that we know now. What if someone says that everything you see with your eyes is just a product of your imagination? You would laugh and would think that he maybe out of his mind. But did you ever wonder, why so many wise men talk about the mind as very powerful? They say that we put limits to what we can achieve when we can achieve so much more by our minds...what we can conceive the body can achieve. And what we firmly think as true is our reality. I read somewhere also that we still have not realized the full potential of what our minds can do, and when we are able to recognize this fact and truly and firmly believe- then we can walk on water. Were you able to watch Vanilla Sky? Your thoughts are welcome on this topic.
13 Aug 08
Well, it is interesting to go through your viewpoints.To me,the concept of truth lies in its quality of unchangability,absolutenes/perfection,unbounded by time and space.What appears truth in most cases are merely the reflection of mind which itself is very much limited in term of its level of experience,wisdom,consciouness and understanding.It is the state and quality of of consciouness of mind that reveals the situation/event, as it perceives.Even the beautiful scenes and events,we enjoy while dreaming, appears to be the true events and phenomenon,as long as the mind is in the state of dreaming.However, these scenes are found purely false and untrue,only when we wake up.Truth will be realized only when the mind wakes up or transcends from its present state of limited consciousness to unlimited level of absolute or cosmic consciouness. Truth lies far beyond the sphere of ordinary human mind which has not trascended to a state of pure consciousness.Truth always remains absolute. The relative aspects of truth is also acceptable within the sphere of our limited experince and knowledge. Have a nice day!!
13 Aug 08
Wow, we have a philosopher in our midst. I like what you said that real truth is absolute. Then we should be able to discern which one we can consider as absolute and which one is relative. It is a dynamic world where new things are discovered everyday. People in the 16th century thought it was impossible for man to fly but look at us now... Thanks for that very informative input. It contributed a lot to the discussion.
15 Aug 08
hi jenaisle Thanks for staring an interestiong topic. To me it seems that all the truth related to natural manifestations are relative. but what about mathematical calculations like 3+3=6? certainly it doesn't seem to be relative at least so far. Whatever our senses can observe is the 1st layer of reality. This is highly relative. Whatever our senses can't observe, but feeling is the 2nd layer of reality. It contains forces like gravitational, magnetic forces and basic mathematical calculations. From this level truth tends to be permanent. tends to be not relative because earlier we knew that two +vely charged forces repel each other. Which is true in some cases but not true for other cases like consider hilium - it has 2 +vely charged proton binded together. So we get a 3rd layer of reality which highlights the presence of fields for different forces. So far science believes that from this level truth isn't relative. And what is that truth is all about? That truth suggest that everything has been created from one source. This oneness, according to the science, is soon proved to be absolute truth. Hope I didn't spoil the topic much with my silly understanding.
15 Aug 08
I don't believe that all aspects of truth is relative. There is certain aspect of truth that is relative, but not all. Two aple and two apple make four apple, and that is not relative. Can anyone dispute that such mathematical equation are wrong? Never.