– Astra inclinant, sed non obligant –
In The Gospel According to John (King James Version or KJV), the fourth of the canonical Gospels in the New Testament, the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate has a few words with a prisoner that was presented to him for judgement, Jesus of Nazareth. In verses 37 and 38 he asks Jesus ‘art thou a king then’? To which Jesus replies ‘thou sayest i am a king. To this end was i born and for this cause came i unto the world, that i should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice’. In the following verse, verse 38, Pilate responds with the now famous ‘quid est veritas’? Or ‘what is truth’? Followed by his addressing the crowd declaring that he finds no cause for any charges against Jesus (and no, this was not a happy ending). There is some debate as to whether Pilate was being sarcastic or dismissive with his ‘what is truth’? But it still begs a profound question that the human species has been asking for a very long time.
So… what is ‘truth’? The opposite of a lie? Something more perhaps? Are there many types of ‘truth’ or just a universal one? Most cultures, religions, societies, political parties etc claim to have some sort of ‘truth/s’ that seems to be unique to them or at the very least, understood by them in a much more intimate and/or innate fashion than anybody else.
Perhaps different ‘truths’ are all the same thing simply clothed in different languages, cultures, customs etc and we just have to bridge the gaps, that is, if we are so inclined.
Furthermore, where is ‘truth’ to be found? Is it in scripture and if so, which one? Is ‘truth’ contained within holy texts or does it simply point us in the right direction? Is it to be found in history and if so, whose history? Can it be found in science? To some degree most certainly. Science certainly seems to be a good contender in so far as it helps us to understand the world around us. The sciences have shed light on how things work, from the atom to a combustion engine, from a beating heart to the universe itself. Yet it does not lay claim to the realms of morality, ethics, philosophy, God etc.
Perhaps ‘truth’ is found in one of the last places most people will look. Within ourselves. As the world shrinks and information becomes so much more readily available we have come to a stage in human existence where many people are experiencing their own enlightenment and finding their own ‘truths’. Whether it be through religion, poetry, science, technological advancement, journeys of self discovery, physical improvement, the arts, culinary creativity or whatever else may be available to them. One thing is for certain, the more we learn about ourselves and the things outside of ourselves, truthfully and honestly, we will find that we are more free and less bound by the powers that be, in mind, spirit and body. After all, does the ‘truth’ not set you free?
This blog was not started with the intention of giving definite answers. I don’t have any. That’s not to say that I don’t know what i believe in, on the contrary, i do. But that does not mean that i do not have questions as I’m sure many of you do too. This is a journey, my journey, to find ‘truth’ in whatever way shape or form it can be found and to share those things with anyone and everyone with an ear (or in this format, eyes). Not just my ‘truths’, but yours, everyone’s. An impossible task yes, but an interesting one nonetheless, for me at least. You are all most welcome to join me on this most ancient quest in the modern world and to also share your journeys if you are of a mind to do so.
So… with posts that range in topic from religion and philosophy to the more material and tangible sciences, movies, comics and life adventures, i hope that you enjoy your visit to my minds cave of wonders, slumbers and blunders.
In advance, to those of you who take the time to read, to share, to question, to converse… thank you.
Peace, love and blessing be upon you all,
The Eccentric Seeker