Truth is something that should be concrete and objective. There is the truth and there are lies, and there is a thick dividing line between the two. However, in today’s society we have somehow blurred that line to the point that truth no longer means anything. It’s become subjective, somehow.
The phrase “your truth” or “his truth” or “her truth” are all too common. The so called ‘fact-checkers’ in the Presidential Debates certainly cannot be trusted. If a candidate says something they like, but isn’t backed up it’s called a ‘half-truth’ while if the candidate says something they do not like, even if it’s verifiably true, the fact-checker will find some extreme circumstance and deem it ‘half-false’. Basically, anything Hillary Clinton says will be claimed as the truth by PolitiFact, while Breitbart.com will do the same for Trump.
This is such a bizarre place to be in, though, and history shows it is not sustainable.
Throughout history there have been undeniable truths acknowledged by the religious as the laws of God and the non-religious as the laws of nature. Regardless of your opinions on God, these natural or divine truths are evident and when any person, family, or society defies these laws, their downfall becomes inevitable.
I’m not really a fan of poetry in general, but a few months ago I came across an old poem by English writer Rudyard Kipling. Most well-known for The Jungle Book, called “The God’s of the Copybook Headings”. Now, you probably, like me, don’t know what ‘copybook heading’ means. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries and maybe afterwards kids would learn to write in school by copying lines down the page. The lines they would copy would generally be some type of proverb or something considered to be general wisdom. Kipling isn’t referring to any particular God in a religious sense, but just the generally accepted truth.
A video with the poem being read will be embedded below, but the general premise is that when you violate these truths you will suffer painful consequences.
I watched a documentary on Netflix I also recommend called Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve which breaks down the actions of the Fed from the reason of it’s creation through the attempted recovery from 2008. A noticeable theme in this documentary, which focuses especially on the reign of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, is how he created a situation in which firms were encouraged to take extravagant risks because they were all but assured to be bailed out based on past precedent.
This is one of the things Kipling mentions in his poem from 90 years earlier, that people throw away these eternal truths for the sake of the “gods of the marketplace” that promise them easy wealth and an easier life.
Today it may not be so much the “gods of the marketplace” as it is the gods of pop-culture or the gods of political-correctness. There are so many things that people pledge their allegiance to, that have no basis in truth, but it we accept because they seem cool, or the think the world would just be better that way. History shows us repeatedly that this is not the case, and though you may be able to quickly run your hand over a candle without getting burned, if you continue to touch the fire you will feel the pain.
Alan Greenspan knew better than to do what he did, having been known as a fan of Ayn Rand, the Queen of the Free Market, he knew the moral hazard he was creating. He knew that giving out money for free had was not sustainable, but he didn’t care. It was popular, it got him on magazine covers and invited to the parties with the best of the best, so he kept on with it. Eventually his actions brought down the global economy and with it his legacy.
As you build whatever it is you’re attempting to build, keep in mind the eternal truths that history shows us time and again work. If you are religious, particularly Jewish or Christian, just look to the Bible. For my more secular friends, look at the writings of people like Thomas Jefferson and other non-religious figures that mimic the same values and the same truths.
One of the first things that must change in this society is an acceptance of absolute truth. Absolute truth that has continued throughout history. If you touch the water, you will be wet and if you touch the fire, you will be burned. Stay anchored to the truth and do your best to keep those around you anchored all the same.
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