Truth usually means being in accord with reality.
But it has still been debated by scholars for thousands of years, and scientists today don’t like to discuss “reality”, but rather the mathematical models that mimic reality instead.
I think most people have their own version of what truth is. So here’s mine:
It is very fashionable for people these days to be looking for truth in everything.
But I am not sure I am worried too much about it. However, that is probably not a popular stance, so let me explain…
- The universe is a very big place, and I am simply an animal genetically developed to make sense of how to get food and to procreate in amidst a lot of other animals and plants on this insignificant little planet. So why do I think I might even have the capacity to understand the truth even if it was in front of me?
- Then I watch nature programs on TV I see that deception is often a benefit for survival and reproduction rather more than truth.
- As Thomas Hobbes said,
“Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”
So I think that seeking “the truth” may be more about trying to avoid the realities of life that are just too difficult to bear.
Why should I worry about truth?
I do however, worry about technology that works and food that is fit to eat and all the other nice things of life.
I prefer to seek out pleasant illusions and more especially, what psychologists call “flow”, which, according to Wikipedia is,
“The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture,
while performing a task,
although flow is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity
– not even oneself or one’s emotions.”