what is truth? it is said, “what is truth” was a question Pilate asks Jesus.
there is an interesting conversation between Pontius Pilate and Jesus when he was sent up to be crucified, yet, Pilate didn’t find any crime committed, yet, according to the Jewish laws at the time, they said he was guilty of a crime that had crucifixion for the penalty.
it doesn’t matter what religion, belief, or non-belief you have. the question of truth will appear very different for each person. it is a matter of perspective, societal, economic, education, and societal differences to each. it is far easier to rationalize being persecuted, as anytime someone is persecuted you feel the case is black and white. if you ask the person doing the persecution, the same issue becomes many shades of gray and usually all sorts of interesting rationalization to justify their actions.
truth is that thing I want to believe we all seek, yet, it seems to be more about people following a herd that a few people say is normal and they never have to ask “why?” they are following that herd.
for me, a pursuit of truth has cost me dearly. most of the time it was from my own stupidity or pride. yet, had I never walked that path, I doubt I would have come to a place where in faith there is something far greater than any of us can imagine in this universe that really is a designer of sorts. I call god pure love.
I don’t mean the love we tend to all harbor about on this planet, the romantic love, the selfish love and watered down versions of the actual element called love. as humans we are really good at justifying our version of “love” and our behaviors more with an eye for an eye mentality than one where forgiveness actually happens. to do the later, you can’t put a layer of rock over your heart.
when I think of society inside various countries. you have very different social aspects. it is like why I don’t think the EU will ever really gel because there is such strong national identity with each nation states. I imagine over time as the various countries all get together one could create more of a homogenized European idea, I think back to the civil war in the united states and that still didn’t solve the issue of bigotry, pride, ego, arrogance, lust for control and power even though some amazing words for an ideal were written in the declaration of independence over 200 years ago.
today. it looks like everyone wants to be whatever and do what makes them happy and anything that doesn’t gets blasted. all you have to do is look at all the discrimination at a political, religious, racial, gender, or sexuality in the country. each side is fighting to band together with others like themselves, yet, not too many are taking the time to ask , “so if we are all human beings, why are we all treating each other so poorly?”
I guess that is the question. I know a guy in Washington dc whose goal was to have a global human rights message put in every passport. I found jack to be brilliant and/or insane with his quest as I had no idea how he could get some countries with vastly different ideas of what human rights were to go along.
in the united states, “all men are created equal” seems to go out the door the moment the child takes his first breath. there is inequality and unfortunately the larger the divide between the haves and the have nots – the worst it will be for society in general. you see this with the reality of our leadership and the system that has gotten so big, and involves so much money that the folks trying to get elected will go say anything to the people to get a vote.
there are 3rd world and developing countries where corruption is rampant. they give a loaf of bread to the poor and they vote saying, “look, my leader did something for me!” meanwhile the leader owns the bakery and made sure he took a healthy profit for not only making, but delivering that loaf of bread.
what is truth? I really don’t know. at the moment the idea is that a state of pure love can exist is the goal. I don’t know if you can achieve this in the 3 dimensions that we currently live in with our human form. we are amazing tool makers and we love to scurry around being busy and complaining about how “busy” we are. if you step back and get off that life treadmill and ask, “why?” too much of what we do and believe – you will notice two things
the first is you will upset a lot of people, as “being busy” never forces them to come to grips with “why?” they are doing something or having to look in the mirror to see themselves.
the second is that they never have to question what someone told them was truth, a way of life, a belief. when you ask the questions, many can’t come up with a construct for why they are living the way they do. and this terrifies many. asking, “why?” can shake their entire belief system when instead, it should simply be a space for people to come together and learn more about each other – and find a path to be more loving and humane to each other.
I don’t believe the idea of peace on earth is possible with our current belief systems, we have been playing a game so long about smiting thy enemies and the wealthy of the world like conflicts and the world military complex has been industrialized at the global scale. it is highly profitable to keep people in fear and insecurity.
it isn’t’ very profitable to allow people to love
heck, just look at the sad state of the giant political system in the united states. it is giving people license to act the fool. “but the leaders act this way, why do I have to live a double standard?”
I have to admit, life is interesting as you get older and see what you thought of as so important in life change as you watch your parents prepare to leave the planet, and you look at the rest of your time on the planet with enthusiasm and wonderment, “what can we do today? how can we bring some truth into a planet that is destroying itself, yet, people are too busy to see?