How do we understand ‘truth’?

ANSWER by Mr P: "To simplify ‘truth’ into a conversation is to not understand the nature of it – and yet there is much benefit in understanding what truth means to us individually. And why the word ‘truth’ to define what is meaningful and…not wrong?

This is perhaps a good place to start: the difference between ‘not wrong’ and truth – for there is a vastness between the two, no?

‘Not wrong’ by its nature is also not right. But ‘right’ is different from truth in that what feels right – wholly and unapologetically right – may not be one’s ultimate truth. And to compound the questioning, what is the difference between ‘truth’ – in the meaning of core unabridged raw essence, should we agree for now to call it this – and truth as in justice, honesty and authenticity?

There is I suggest a link between authenticity and truth – person-wise, one becomes more aligned with one’s inner truth, one’s authenticity, as untruths (the shields from oneself) fall away. But this is an ongoing journey of never-ending release and discovery. As yet one has not discovered the ‘final destination’, the object of truth itself. This could be likened to God it is supposed, but when God influences life as is experienced, what would be the core ‘truth’ within the contrast? If we align it with love, at what point does one discover the truth of love? How could we be deemed to know this in absolute?

The likelihood of truth being at the core of one’s essence, is a supposition we can afford to take, for nothing has proved to discount this – it is ‘not wrong’. And in this assumption, all contributes to reflect this. As we grow, evolve, adapt, expand and discover, we gain awareness of greater self-truths. We understand ourselves and/or others better – be it through science, feeling, intelligence (of the constructive or ethereal type) or community. But as the untruths fall away, what purpose the unfolding?

Personal truth, I am led to believe is the consequence of life…of living. That as we collectively, in physical and spirit evolve, we ‘create’ truth: the desire to know more, discover more, en-joy more. And therefore truth, perhaps, could be aligned to meaning, and therefore a reason to exist, to live and provide, for oneself and others.

With truth as meaning, if we were to re-evaluate society as one which abides by not justice, law, religion and ‘being better’, but by meaning, how might this look for one individually? How might the choices and constructs of living change if one lived according to meaning? This, I suggest, is how we connect with our truth."