What commonly accepted truth (or “truth”) do you think is wrong, or at least seriously doubt? Why?
Truth is “a direct correspondence between thought and reality.” (Mortimer Adler) It is only THE truth, not “a” truth. We know THE truth about many things, but there are others about which we may never know THE truth. Things we know through faith and those we favor as a result of the idiosyncrasy of personal taste cannot be proven or disproven except through the “organs” of their existence; faith or taste.
Many people resist this idea. Unfortunately, resisting the truth of Truth (which, right now is, “I don’t know in any demonstrable way”) causes things like the Crusades, the Nazi death camps, ISIS and on and on and on. If people could accept that the Truth of their faith 1) cannot be proven conclusively to others EXCEPT by faith and that 2) this alleviates them from having to kill others as a mode of persuasion the world would be far better.
But the search for Truth lags behind our passions and so here we are in a world that has not been able to outgrow that most primitive of human weaknesses, “Mine is better” thinking. For some reason it’s not enough that pluralities exist in the world (thereby showing that pluralities are the truth of the world), humans must fight each other.
I’m a person who does not believe in any religion and the main reason I do not believe in any religion is because it’s clear to me that every religion will limit and define that which is in its very essence infinite. That goes beyond being a mere paradox into a clear dichotomy. I don’t deny the existence of some kind of divine spirit, but I’m OK with saying that I don’t know what it is and that my not knowing what it is does NOT mean it’s not there. I feel sorry for God, poor guy, up there on Mt. Sinai, trying to explain his nature to Moses, that poor scared man, and all Moses wanted was a name he could use to talk to others. I think that, right there, is the whole story. Essential nature vs. a name.
Or as in Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,”He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness.” Key word, “name.”
Mankind has fought over names of God ignoring the infinite beyond the name. The Truth is we don’t really know what it is; only that there is SOMETHING and we don’t know WHY we know it. So science and religion are at odds when they should be delighted with each others discoveries. The Bible (regardless of how much I might like it) doesn’t “prove” anything and science is just mankind looking.
And of course I do think others should agree with me, and that’s probably because, as for everyone else, mine is better. 😉