Two years ago and progressing, I met Walter Machann. I wanted to interview him for my book, but I found more, much more. He shared his philosophy with me and suggested books on truth. This generous man even gave me a book on truth by Paul Feyerabend as a gift. No, this isn’t a plug for my book, if you’re tired of those, stop reading.
Does anyone even care about Truth anymore? No, that’s not a rhetorical question, it’s a plea to take two minutes or more out of your day and ask yourself, “what is truth?” If you’re my friend, you know my truth, so stop reading. Wait, you’re my friend and you’re still reading? Seriously, do you doubt your beliefs about me? Are you doubting a truth you’ve held about me? If so, you’re still reading.
Nietzsche said there is no truth.
The dictionary defines axiomatic truth in an intellectual way with excess verbiage:
An axiomatic theory of truth is a deductive theory of truth as a primitive undefined predicate. Because of the liar and other paradoxes, the axioms and rules have to be chosen carefully in order to avoid inconsistency.
Many scholars and others say there is no absolute truth: only gray areas of subjectivity. This denial of no absolution means, logically, nothing is “right” and nothing is “wrong.” One person’s sense of right may not be mine. One person’s idea of a great politician, a truthful JFK “witness” or a great partner and parent may differ from mine. Where one may think it is okay to lie, rape, interject themselves into tragic history, pillage, steal other people’s ideas and promote them as their own, run red lights when no one is looking and live the way they want, I do not. This thinking is convoluted in that when you peel the onion of this thinking you realize that if there are no absolute truths, there are no absolute standards for society, only an individual’s standards; and these standards are the truths that hold us accountable for our actions. How many people do you know who hold themselves accountable for their actions? I don’t mean the ones who blame their parents, society, politics, their upbringing or forced into silence about the government. I mean the ones who say, “I was wrong and I admit it.” Or, “my truth doesn’t have to be yours.” Do you know a lot of those people? Then stop reading and never unfriend them.
If you’re still reading because you too are tired of the lies in the JFK Community… Tired of seeing families mistreat family members….tired of hypocrisy and the media’s distaste for telling both sides of the story, then continue reading.
So where is truth? How do we define it? By what standards?
Do we use the government’s standards? God’s standards? The standards we have for ourselves? I know plenty of people who have cosmetic standards. These are the people who work hard to have a great body, eat right and see nothing wrong with altering themselves whether it be changing their gender, their hair color, their facial structure or eye color. Why? It is because they enjoy it? Is it because they have a standard innate to themselves that they deem true? I dye my hair blonde. If I didn’t, I think my hair would look like a mildewed golden oak plank and I choose to not rock the mildew look. But there are those who like the natural progression of age and understand that aging is a universal truth. What I consider mildew is what they see as age progression. Who is truthful? Me or the natural haired believer? Could it be that what is coloring (see what I did there?) my truth is insecurity? Or maybe a lust for the Gayle of my youth (some of my high school friends would say, ‘why should she want to look that way?’ while my college and adult friends might agree with me) Could I be confusing my truths with something else? When we hold these truths dear, are we placing our standards on others? This would mean that fat people are lesser because they’re lazier or they would be working out. But what if those fat people are disabled and cannot exercise? What if those cosmetically altered people did so because their faces were marred in a wreck? What if I believe having blond hair means I have more fun? In other words, what ideas or influences or beliefs or experiences determine our truths?
To have truth, you must have standards. We find those standards in our consciences, our governments and our religion. Are you thinking, “oh no, here comes the religious dogma, here comes her opinion, here comes her thoughts on politics.” You know, you may be right, but if you know how I think about these things, stop reading.
And no this isn’t a propaganda piece. If that’s what you were looking for, stop reading.
Nor is it a political piece. If you want me to distrust Trump, Hilary or any politician, and you know me, you know how I feel. You should stop reading.
This is an opinion piece and a protest piece against lying and a “Dammit, think critically“ piece.
General Edwin Walker thought he was a patriot. He convinced his troops, his Minutemen and Dallas society he only cared about making America great and ridding our nation of the enemy: Communists. Yet the way he did it was to break the law; to hide his sexual orientation; to keep secrets and spy on people and run guns to communist nations to achieve his truths. In essence, his truths were all contradictory. He hated Nazis but his closest friend was the American Nazi Party secretary. As a military man, he knew he couldn’t be gay and be in the military (an archaic law), so he hid his dalliances. He lied to the very government that underscored his patriotism by committing perjury in sworn statements to the Warren Commission, the media, interviewers/authors and his “Midnight Rider” tours. So must we choose which things he said were truth and which were lies? How do we determine the truth about Walker? Simple. We know the truth about him through verifiable experiences, knowledge of the man’s actions, and documented and unbiased reports of his actions. So when we think critically about General Walker, what do we find? More lies than truth. The same holds true for many so called JFK witnesses, government documents and assassination theories. If, like we are told when we become jurors in lawsuits, to declare a person innocent if we have reasonable doubt, why do we discount our reason when we read the stories of these witnesses and government documents or assassination theories? Reasonable doubt can free a criminal. It can also point to a liar.
The above is just one example of how I determine truth. If you know me, you know the rest of this piece is not proselytizing, but protesting. Since you know that, you can stop reading.
If you’re still reading, the following will give you a stone to throw at me and warn you may stop reading. “Oh, she’s just one of those dogmatic Christians who has founded her truth in God. How lame!”
It’s true, my standard for truth comes from God and the Bible. I know I’m a sinner. I know I’ve done things that were wrong. We all have. I believe in Science and I believe in an afterlife. I believe that by thinking critically, evolution is possible and doesn’t negate creationism. I believe the absolute truth comes from God’s son, Jesus Christ. I believe the Bible when Jesus claims to be the only truth. Jesus is my standard. I an independent, but I know I need God. He gave me the brain to think critically and not to judge whether or not someone is going to heaven or hell, but whether someone is deserving of my belief and friendship and vote. I am not afraid, nor was Jesus, to call Satan a liar. Jesus said of Satan:
“There is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).
Satan is the sperm donor of evil. Jesus is the tree of everlasting life. Deception is the antithesis of truth. If we are sincere truth seekers, then what are our standards? Mine, and all the things I write are founded in God. God doesn’t lie. Satan does. Those of you who know me and know how I believe quit reading long ago. Those of you who don’t know me, know now. if you choose not to read my books or newsletters because of this, that is your right. If you choose to review my book with a skeptic eye because of my beliefs, that is your right. It is not your right though, to believe in God, the creator referenced in the US Declaration of Independence, and not call out evil when you see it. I am not a preacher, but Billy Graham was. I end this opinion piece with an excerpt from him:
Jesus told the truth about sin. He said, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, and adulteries, and all other sins that we commit” (Cf. Matthew 15:19). War comes from the human heart. Family tensions and problems come from the human heart. Rebellion comes from the human heart.
He told the truth about love. God loves you. And He loves you with a love that you don’t know anything about, because there is no human love comparable to divine love.
God’s love sent His Son to the cross to die and shed his blood for you. He would have died had you been the only person in the whole world. That’s exactly what our Lord Jesus Christ did. God raised Him from the dead, and He’s alive.
Jesus told the truth about judgment. He warned people to “flee the wrath of God” (Cf. Matthew 3:7). Yes, God is angry with the wicked. Jesus said, “Every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). Every idle word, all your thoughts, all your words, everything you have ever done, will be at the judgment. And you will be condemned by your own words.
Thank you Mr. Machann for making me think of truth daily, and thank you to those who know me and kept reading to know me better now.