“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”
– Lao Tzu
Part I: The Relative Variable
What is truth?
You may know something to be truth; however, that is not a governing truth. Rather, it is a truth. Your ability to understand rests on your own shoulders. The ability to explain it in simple terms, rests on mine. This is a path we will have to walk down together.
Truth is God. The god I believe in, however. I feel that if truth could be known – so could all that is – or, god. I cannot give you all truth…anyone who says they can does so in dishonesty. I can give you an understanding of what I understand to be a rational approach to conceiving a truth. Through this, you may contemplate the whole. Or, perhaps nothing will be achieved here. The understanding is purely experimental.
Think on this – First, know truth to be evolving. In all reality, it may not change at all, but it is relative to your understanding of it. Therefore, what a human can know as a truth can only ever be relative to his/her knowledge of it.
How does this work? For explanation, I draw upon three basic logic modalities.
Absolutism states that truth is absolute and can be fully known. Relativism states that the truth is only ever relative. Realism holds that the truth cannot be known.
Traditionally, these have been seen as contradicting schemes – aside from dualism, which combines absolutism and relativism. If you ask me – this is simply a classic example of a conceptual stone made so heavy that it cannot be lifted. These models have always been pieces to the same puzzle. The problem lies within the misunderstanding that these concepts need to function separately. These conceptual identities have never been applied so that each provide a solution and sustain explanatory properties without exception.
A common misconception about logic modalities is the idea that one model, and one alone, must be chosen and adhered to. Though, in vulnerable moments of honesty, we will apply all three at different times – for different uses – and, all regardless of former preference.
First – let me redefine these modalities as “components of mental technology.” Each are equally useful – which, is why they have survived antiquity.
Using the three models, build a complete schematic for truth. They must all be applied equally and simultaneously – as if to form a large model with dynamic function.
Picture an atom:
Absolute Reality is dualistic in function. It serves as the unknown absolute – incorporating both realism and absolutism dynamics. The outer circle represents truth in its entirety. The inner circles represent the extents of various categories of human knowledge. The variable set points represent the contact between human knowledge within its own categories and AR – Absolute Reality.
EHK – Estimated human knowledge is for the very brink of scientific discovery. This would apply to concepts (I.e. mathematical) that are grounded in an undefined dimension. Subatomic particles and quantum mechanics belong in this region. EHK borders the edges of the known and simulates abstractions from AR. It is the cutting edge of science.
The idea simplifies to the point of explaining that human knowledge is absolute, but only in respect to variable dynamics in relation to the outer dimension. In Absolute Reality, human quantification is limited to a degree that may be infinitely altered, thus obscuring any identity within – as defined by human knowledge.
Simply stated – A truth can only ever be relative to the unknown. Though, the model can be expanded further displaying inter-dynamics. The model is a map – a conceptual map. Human knowledge can be both relative to its other categories and the realism dynamic.
Also, Human Knowledge can be absolute to the extent of established variable set points.
Stating that a ball is round is an absolutist statement within the dimension of human knowledge. This statement only maintains value within human knowledge dynamics.
How does this apply to your life? It may take some time, but through comprehension, reflection, and meditation an unparalleled awareness may dawn. This was how I reached these conclusions, however. I suggest you take them to meditation. When approached with sincerity these realizations can humble the greatest scientist and the most devout preacher. New findings using the scientific method can be plotted according to their certainty. Most importantly, this is a reminder that we are always toying with infinite possibility, potentiality, and probability. This opens the imagination and yet specifies boundaries.
Exercises in thought:
Answer each question, by referring to the model schematic and explanation above:
Consider – If reality is merely based on agreed upon conclusions, then, imagine, if you will, that the conditions are subject to change.
i) What certainty is possible then?
ii) Is every certainty possible?
iii) If so, what factors serve as contributive to sculpting out the finality?
iv) How is, then, said finality narrowed down to its actual conclusion?
Epistemological application: How can you know a thing to be true?
The actual test will be explaining realizations (if any) to a friend. Your ability to communicate it will demonstrate your comprehension – as this writing is a test for me.
Defining truth with a tone of both humility and honesty should be a reality now. Why is that important? This question is solely your quest. Meditate on this. Use the model schematic. The task is to reach a deeper level of awareness concerning the nature of both knowledge and reality.