The following represents my core motivation behind every statement and accompanying elaboration posted within this blog, Truth Behind Reality. It also drives each of my replies to subscriber and visitor comments.
Most of us get by in this world, but barely. Most of what we believe is either borrowed or misconceived and perpetually recycled generation after generation. To one degree or another, each of us maintains a slanted view on most everything, diminishing the hope for sound relationships, personal well-being, and life after death.
We will believe most anything if it appeals to our sense of self-entitlement, allows us to feel superior to someone who does not share that same belief, harmonizes with our self-indulgent beliefs and desires, and allows us to feel deserving and justified in our attempt to control others. We will believe almost anything if it allows us to live life on our own terms, insisting that we are the master and life is our slave.
We subscribe to these beliefs, not realizing they are merely our way of spiritualizing – or deifying – a way of life that exploits the real problem, our own self-destructive and selfish nature. We desire autonomy, so we make it our belief system, but consequently destroy our relationships with others, insisting they leave us alone. We believe in self-control, so we reject everything that makes us feel out of control; passion, love, service to others, self-sacrifice, humility, admission of wrongdoing, etc. We believe in purity, so we vehemently attempt to destroy everything we think is impure, not realizing we have yet to identify what purity is. What does it mean to have a pure heart; to have pure motives, pure intentions, pure thoughts?
We don’t deliberately try to deceive ourselves through our blind beliefs, but nonetheless embrace them because we are desperately trying to find truth. We are trying to find something that seems right, something that gives us purpose, a personal mission in life, a sense of belonging, and fellowship with our fellowman. We are trying to find that one thing that provides stability, something we can trust completely – something that is absolutely true.
There is only one difference between something that seems true and something that is true. Something that is true is true whether we believe it or not. Something that seems true may or may not be true, but we will convince our self to believe it if our desire is strong enough.
My point here is that until we each take an honest look at our own contradictory and self-destructive nature and then become willing to let truth change us from the inside out, we will literally believe anything and label it true.
My hope is that you will find the thoughts I present on this sight to be personally meaningful; that they will build a bridge of understanding that leads away from what seems true, and instead, toward what is, Truth.
- Relativism: Is Truth Relative? (socyberty.com)