We face a dilemma, one of our own making but no less serious for it. Consider the idea of truth. What happens without truth? How do we begin to function properly, even safely, without truth? Individually, societally, legally, you name it.
It’s one thing to dabble with fantasy on the fringes. If a person wants to pretend they live in some world of make-believe, that’s their choice. However, two points are critical. First, just because one believes it, that doesn’t make it true. Second, forcing others to accept one’s idea of reality is wrong.
It’s wrong on several counts. One, the use of force is almost always used for invalid reasons and this is one of them. Two, no matter how well-meaning, acquiescing to fallacious thinking, whether voluntarily or under duress, will inevitably yield negative results. Three, surrendering to one such demand usually leads to more of the same, leading us further down the path of lies.
Ultimately, this can have disastrous results for both the individual and society. When we turn objectivity on its head and decide something is subjective instead, we lose the anchor that objectivity provided. Sadly, that is what has been happening for some time now in our post-truth world. And the pace seems to be quickening.But there is a problem with that. And the problem is that the 'persistent belief in something that does not conform to reality' is called a delusion. Our culture has elevated delusion to an art form. Click To Tweet
Objective Truth and Relativism
Other features follow closely behind Truth. Things like Goodness and Beauty. After all, if truth is only subjective, then it makes sense to apply that same filter to other values. That’s true, right? We are strong believers in individual liberty, but that doesn’t mean we can alter reality just because that is our personal choice.
The very nature of objective truth is that it is objective. Truth is “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.” Objective is “not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.” The disease of relativism has infected virtually every avenue of life in today’s world. If we don’t take the necessary medicine, we will suffer its ill effects most severely.
Here are some thoughts on this.
“I’ve made the case that truth, goodness, and beauty are objective features of the world we live in. Hopefully, you’ve found that to be interesting. But please don’t think this is just an esoteric triviality. It’s not. We are living in a post-truth culture. But it’s a place where the objective nature of truth, goodness, and beauty are deeply relevant. Our view of objective truth affects everything about how we live our lives. It’s the antidote to moral relativism. Truth matters. And understanding the profundity of that simple fact will revolutionize the way you interact with our world…
“Despite thousands of years of human knowledge and experience, our contemporary culture has made every one of these subjective. Suddenly, they’ve each become things we decide for ourselves…
“Conforming to reality becomes passé. An archaic inconvenience.
“But there is a problem with that. And the problem is that the ‘persistent belief in something that does not conform to reality’ is called a delusion.
“Our culture has elevated delusion to an art form.”
Read more at Living In A Post-Truth Culture.