You guys know that I have a lot of trouble talking in absolutes. I see everything in shades of gray and relativity. It’s been my experience that even so called “facts” are filtered through a human bias.
But I do believe that absolute truth exists.
I just don’t know what it is for sure in every situation or even in most situations. I talk a lot about point of view, opinion, and perspective. That annoys some people who are sure that they have the unvarnished truth and that I’m insulting them by talking about their perspective.
For me I don’t believe that ordinary human beings are capable of knowing or seeing absolute truth. I think one has to be enlightened for that level of certainty. And the number of people currently in the world that I think could be enlightened I can count on one hand.
Even facts are rarely what they seem. There is always more to the story, always more layers of meaning to discover. I’m very suspicious of people who say that they’ve got it all figured out and know all the answers.
It’s not a sign of weakness to see and acknowledge that there may be more to the truth than what you currently know. I urge people to always be willing to listen, to hear, to take in other points of view and expand your own mindset. Listen critically, of course. Listen carefully and with an awareness that just like you this person also has a bias from their own experiences and education. Just as you don’t have absolute truth, neither does almost anyone else.We’re all stumbling to find it. We’re all doing our best to find and understand truth but that’s the journey of being human. It takes hundreds or thousands of lifetimes to get to.