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ESSAY 4: In the Search Of The Truth:

marzo 19, 2014

Having read both your essay and your directive that I should write something on that topic, I have mixed this knowledge newly acquired and personal meditation throughout the years.

The truth is a very mysterious concept, ironically if we take its literal meaning. The truth per se, that is, the most pure, abstract and sole concept of truth, without additions I think we can argue that it is a being, in the sense that it does not have any characteristics, and so it cannot be described in a determined, and thus finite way. So the conclusion is that it is an infinite concept, a Godlike concept to those who are theists (Abrahamic more precisely).

But although the notion of truth, the origin of every problem and the final question to everyone may be something that we won’t understand until we are face to face with God  (again, according to some, never), there are many things in this world that can be classified as a true thing. The truth as an adjective, not as a noun.

Science itself is full of true things. This is because it investigates the universe in the language of Mathematics, and Mathematics is to the universe like the soul is to our body: a representation, a proof that a first cause, a truth beyond anything material exists, or is. The imperfect nature of the human being doesn’t stop him from achieving a perfect result in something.

But maybe this truth found in Sciences, and to many, also philosophy and ethics, is believed to be true because it is a non-falsehood. Because it has been proved not to be nonsensical. The way of Socrates. The problem with arriving to true concepts in fields alien to the mathematical language is that we must use the human language, which is much more organic, inaccurate and fickle than the stringency of mathematics. The use of logic, however, evolved into an individual philosophical discipline, has helped a lot in that matter.

There are as many ways of arriving to some truth as the number of humans that have existed, exist, or will exist on our planet, because of I said earlier, truth is an infinite concept, and the life of any person is conditioned, made finite, by an enormous number of different factors, so points of view in life will likely be repeated by a second human that isn’t us. This fact makes a flaw in the weak thinking theory, because searching the truth navigating through cultures, although it is a most efficient way of adding knowledge and experience into a ‘truth-blob’, a mass of approaches to it, it will be never perfect.

An alternative is to try and find the truth or true things by a negative method, that is, discarding what is not true. It is a very secure way, but very slow too, because it would prevent us from doing direct positive assertions.

The most convincing definition of truth up to today has been the equalization, or even substitution of it, by the existence of an infinite God, the cause of everything. This was indeed the solution to this problem to Thomas Aquinas. But it is a solution taken from a field that is not philosophy, and thus not entirely valid for some.

The consequences of not having the perfect godlike standard of truth have caused some alternative views: There is no basis, no unit of measure, no final truth, and thus everything is relative. Also, a similar view to pragmatism would reflect its theories on the acts of nature: What is true is what it works. Millennia of natural selection, cold, cruel and rational to the extreme have ensured its continued existence. But there should a final truth, as nature works in an apparent perfect order. I would like to develop this last paragraph much more, but I have already gone past the word limit.

Considerations post-discussion:

I had been told to me that the truth is not a being. I arrived to my conclusion following this thought pattern. I would like to see where I’m wrong, where an apparently logical step is not true:

The truth exists. There are truths but there exists also an absolute idea of truth that acts as paradigm for all the truths. This also applies to the notion of idea,or the notion of color, etc. For example: An idea to build a house, and the meaning of “idea”. So, if the notion of truth cannot be described with examples, it cannot have any characteristics. As the exemplification with a characteristic makes something finite, because if something is A it cannot be B, if it acts as a paradigm of A, B and all other examples, it is infinite. An infinite thing which cannot described with anything, which cannot do anything because it would being not doing anything else and thus loosing its infiniteness, can only be portrayed verbally as being. This also applies to God. I had also been told that God cannot be equated with the truth being a being, etc., but in infinity all what is infinite becomes the same thing. Indeed, in the Gospel it says clearly, “I’m the way, the Truth, and the life”.

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