Truth versus Fact (excerpt)

Red air balloon against early morning sky with moon behind it
A balloon next to moon…they’re both “floating” in the air, right?

If you look in a dictionary, you will find many similarities in these two words—truth and fact. You might even be tempted to say they are synonymous, but you would be in error. A fact is a provable, repeatable and verifiable statement, which few people question. A truth is not so easily provable or even definable, and if it were even verifiable, there would be little reason for arguments over its conclusive validity.

When metaphysicians and skeptics argue over these matters, many forms of evidence can be trotted out by the skeptic, which would seem to bolster his position. In terms of building an argument for and against, it is usually the “against” side which has the most “proof” to offer. The skeptic can usually claim victory and walk away no more enlightened than he was to start.

Since the “burden of proof” is with the “for” side, the metaphysician wins few of these mundane arguments—truth vs. fact, is no different in this respect. The origins of metaphysics occurred a thousand years the pivot point of 0 A.D.—and the first big jump in human evolution. This was a time of much skepticism, but also when many of the most ancient texts were committed to written form—having been mostly an oral tradition prior to this. This was when Homer’s Odyssey was finally written down and the Greek schools of knowledge and philosophy took root.

Aristotle’s Metaphysics stands as the seminal work of non-fiction, launching generations to come on a path of studying reason for its own sake. Interesting then, is it not, that metaphysics has been sequestered by most people into the auspicious category of “new age.” New Age itself being an oxymoron—there’s nothing new about the information being advance in this age—in fact, it’s quite old.

What is new in this era is the relative willingness, acceptance and tolerance of the society contains validity, it stands a very good chance of being seen as fact. But, is it truth? And what, if any of it, is Universal Truth? Is there even such a thing? The short answer is no. the much longer answer is that nothing that cannot be validity and therefore “universally” agreed on, can be a part Universal Truth. There will be those who will build a convincing case which would be able to “prove” the “negative” that there are “in fact” Universal Truths. They will point to what are rather, Universal Laws. There are few of these that apply to all beings, in all forms, in all dimensions—one’s you can imagine, most you cannot. This is another discussion that we will save for another day…

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