What Is Truth?
August 29, 2020
Nikolai Ge "Christ and Pilatus" (What is truth?), 1890.
The following is a Twitter thread I posted yesterday. To interact with the thread, click HERE.
When, no matter what a candidate says or does weakens that candidate's support from his or her base, we cannot count on that base to turn in any significant numbers. I am not a pessimist, but realistically, we must appeal to those who are still weighing truth.
The fact of the matter is that many who support a particular candidate already know that candidate cannot be counted on for truth ... but they like a few things that he/she does and those are the most important to them.
They outweigh intelligence, leadership, goodwill, honesty, integrity, commitment to rule of law, philosophy of government, and the credibility of our country in the world community.
They would rather make a point about a vital issue with a law than tackle it from another angle and solve the problem. They would rather condemn sin and criminalize it than change the environment where it is nurtured and allowed to thrive.
Once such minds are made up, it is difficult to change them. Among these are sincere people with good hearts who would never harm or speak ill of a person face to face, but who really believe they are promoting their cause by destroying it.
No matter how much they frustrate me, I must respect and love them because respect breeds respect, because all are made in God's image, and because love is stronger than hate and indifference and ...
They rally around slogans that presumably reflect their values but are really shallow and cynical emotional manipulations to garner support.
... and ... sometimes, I am wrong.
Here is a good article on Truth from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Click.
It takes us back to another time when truth was considered a tool of relativity and expediency.