‘You want the truth? you can’t handle the truth’ is one of the most quoted lines in modern movie history, but what is truth?
My truth as a 44 year old man is simply a concept shaped by a life time of events.
Human truth then is simply a point of view, it may be shared by a small group of people or a whole nation but ultimately the number that believe any particular truth matters not. It is not numbers of believers that make a thing true or false, neither is it the length of time it has or hasn’t been believed.
Just as the mountains will one day become valleys, todays ‘truth’ will be laughed out of court tomorrow. The truth is like the weather ever changing so why do we spend so much of our time seeking it ?
Personally I think that it is due to the way we have been raised. At school we are encouraged to be right, nothing is more important than to be right to win and be first. Schooling has brained washed us into thinking that being right will ultimately bring us the life of our dreams. So we are all seeking the truth just so we can be more right than others, so we may get a gold star and a well done from the Universe.
While no human can really know the ultimate truth, we can all cling to our current truth in hope that it might just be right. Simply looking at history we can see it littered with people whose inner truth has clashed with the general truth of the time. This has resulted in those with good intentions becoming at best social lepers, at worse put to death.
We have to then ask the question what good does ‘truth’ do us, I would have to conclude very little. I believe those the fight or seek truth are on a fools mission. Many people would find a world without a perceived truth scary, personally I would find it liberating. What I find scary is the world we have where we have general truth based on how and where we grew up. I resent that only certain inner truths are embraced while others are scoffed at as lunacy. Is it not Lunacy that Millions or maybe billions can be wrong but because a critical mass has been reached they become the purveyors of truth .
All inner truth is not equal.
Not all inner truth is welcome, more and more it seems people in power or show business who speak their truth are forced a few days later to apologize or even resign because their remarks have offended someone somewhere, this is very sad. It means that inner truth is not equal and that freedom of speech is not truly supported. This can only make for a world of candy coated liars who only say what they think you want to hear.
Because all inner truths are not considered equal we have a world where many can’t express their opinions in public, they must go under ground or keep their ideas locked up inside, this can be very dangerous and this is no doubt how ‘radical’ groups are formed. Also this is why many people commit suicide unable to live or speak their truth because they are deemed to far out or taboo . Once again how many men or women of history have fallen into the freaks category for their time only now to be deemed Great. So how many great minds do we loose every year simply because their truth is out of step with the times?
The world be have constructed is not built on truth it is built on complete fantasy, what we have done is create a schizophrenic world where what you say and how you act is purely moderated by who you are with. We are all actors in a play of total deception, wearing masks to hide who we are and what we truly believe, It is no wonder so many are lost in addiction.
So it seems Jack Nicholson was right society probably can’t handle your truth.
Surely above all these ‘truths’ must ultimately stand a Universal Truth unknown by us in our present form with our limited view of the cosmic game. Do all our speculations hopes and dreams fade against the truth that lies out of our grasp? Could it be that truth like so much else is simply a man made concept, that the only universal truth is there is non. Oh wouldn’t that be truly ironic, I have to confess it really wouldn’t be that surprising, time and time again man has tried to force a game plan on this divine comedy only to end up looking the fool.