If I could encapsulate the transformations that have taken place in my life over the course of the last several years, I would not be able to describe, sufficiently how my temperament has changed, especially with regards to my moral stance and choices. I see, in hindsight that the biases taught as fact in schools at the time I was undergoing the process of ‘education’ skewed my views in a particular direction. This happens to all children of a particular age, undoubtedly. Bit when it comes to the question of truth, and really when Pontius Pilate and our Lord were discussing that topic, no one may fully comprehend the myriad of complexities involved in that all too short discourse. The fact remains, it is our duty to not merely discover, but define and defend that Truth with all the unction we can muster. In the political and social realm, many would have us believe that all truth, and truths are completely subjective. That simply cannot be. For that places the individual above the truth, and in the process completely obliterates the truth, and our inherent need for it. Yes, indeed many truths are subjective to the individual situations, circumstances, but unless we enter into a complete and chaotic abyss, there must be an objective and absolute truth. Over the course of the many thousands 0f years we humans have pondered this question there have been many attempts to define what, exactly is truth. On the opposite end of that spectrum there have been even more attempts to attack, eradicate and obliterate those very definitions. I speak of but one example. St. Augustine of Hippo succinctly defined the truth as ‘what is actual’. A clear, concise and easy to remember definition. Yet, with all that the truth encompasses, of the natural and supernatural realm, we cannot sufficiently define what we can scarcely comprehend. This leaves us with the unsatisfactory, yet fascinating conclusion that we have to leave to the realm of mystery and unsettled arguments to our successors. Yet, we cannot and ought not to leave it at that. We are intended to explore and discover and never settle for anything but the ultimate discovery. We must continue to seek answers. If we stop pondering, it is nothing short of brain death. I am happy that I will never be too old to learn, for even at that moment of my last breath, I may finally learn the answer to that question that has plagued philosopher and poet and songwriter endlessly. What is truth?


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