“Truth? What is Truth, said Jesting Pilate and would not wait for an answer.” (Francis Bacon is acknowledged). One sees Pilate’s dilemma: the elders of the Temple stated the truth as they saw it. Before him stood one who was truth itself (though unrecognised by Pilate). He, himself, did not know which side he was on. One thing was certain, it was that his master resided in Rome, and he would do all that was necessary to please him. That was form of truth to him.
In contemplation, one seeks union with the ultimate truth. In the emptiness of space and time one enters into dialogue with the superior being. The exchanges, not always verbal, come as intimations and spontaneous awakenings, confirming or denying one’s comprehension of unasked questions. In this the seeking has thoughts ratified by the One who is at once the centre of the universe and also the sum total of all truth. Faith provides conviction enough.
This is not enough for members living for and through others in a social environment. Where, interdependence means more than the sharing of physical and social needs, a personal desire for self-worth makes the justification of abstract ideas and opinions compelling. Ratification by peers and respected groups generates satisfaction. To standardise acceptability tools have been developed to empirically establish the truth of any proposition, theory or inherent material properties of anything. The truth about anything is established only when it registers on one or any of the senses – or the mechanical extensions of the same. This technological group can be as “fundamentalist”, as those on the Faith end of the spectrum. Both are necessary to complete the beauty and rainbow of human sensibilities, progress – evolution.