Truth is a term with layers of applicable meaning to reference an understanding of reality. There is the universal truth, and a particular truth to describe a subset of the universal.
Universal Truth - "the Truth"
Truth, used as a symbolic construct to refer to "the truth" itself, is a synonym for reality, existence and the universe. They represent a universal grouping concept referring to all of everything as one thing. The universe is uni-verse, that which is rolled or turned into one. The concept of universal truth represents everything as "one", just as existence, reality and the universe do. It's everything that was, is or will be.
Particular Truth - "a truth", "truths"
A truth, or truths, are terms to refer to the variability, diversity and multiplicity of particular aspects of reality, existence of the universe. Particular truths are a subset and part of the universal truth. If you know of and understand philosophical metaphysics, then you can understand how there are the particular colors blue, red and green that are part of the universal grouping called colors. To speak of the generality of numbers is a universal concept, while 1, 2, 3, etc. are a particular numbers.
Many things within the "one" and "all". Truth, reality, existence, the universe, are not "things" in themselves, but are symbolic constructs to group everything into "one", to represent the "all". Things that exist express “the truth” as the universal concept, through being extant and exist as “a truth”, or truths. The Truth is an absolute, the "one", the "all".
Definition & Etymology
Truth is from the Proto-Indo European root drew-o- and deru, meaning "be firm, solid, steadfast", and also hard, accurate, real, upright, "rock solid", a foundation to stand upon, an axiom. This symbolizes the solid, firm, upright and unshakable steadfastness of reality and existence.
This is why the word tree has the same root, because wood is solid, firm and stands upright and steadfastly. Anglo-Saxons used the same word for tree and truth. Druids, the tree folk, has the same root, dru "true/tree" + wid to know" (the root for wisdom), who were known to have have the vision to discern and know reality, the wisdom (wis = vis) to seek and see (vision) truth in reality.
Existence is from ex- “forth, out” + sistere "to set, place, set down, cause to stand, make or be firm". Existence (the truth) has extants in existence (a truth), that are symbolically set up, placed, made firm which causes them to stand out, to be steadfast and upright. Truth and existence, has a truth/truths and extants within it which are things symbolized to stand up straight and show themselves contrasting apart from one another, not one flat amalgamated oneness that cannot be discerned. Truth and existence represents what is right and true.
We stand upon existence as a grounded, firm, solid, integrated, whole, foundation of understanding ourselves (the world within) and reality (the world without). This is truth.
Truth is hard, French *dure = deru, solid, firm, it's enduring and durable.
Do you see the connection and what this symbol/term "truth" is referring to? It is clear if you look into the origin of the words to learn what this symbol was created to represent and reflect about reality. Clear, clarity of vision, wisdom, from accurately seeing reality represented through word symbols, the magic of language.
Truth Type 1 & Truth Type 2
Rightness, goodness, fairness and honesty is also symbolized by being upright, by moral rectitude (straight). This brings us to two other applicable meanings for truth: Truth Type 1 & 2. Truth Type 1 is what actually was or is in the past or present and what will be in the future. Truth Type 2 is the potential Way and Path of living upright: to live by and uphold, sustain and support what is right, good and true.
This is how morality is a truth in reality based on the wisdom or folly of our actions (right or wrong actions) and represents who we are, our character, our ka (power) to create into the world to bring truth, rightness, justice, law, and order, or to bring the opposite of falsity, wrongness, injustice, and chaos. Morality is what is right, good and true, and can be objectively known. Truth and morality are representative of integrity because they are intimately linked in understanding, which some people can't be bothered to understand and want to continually deny Moral Truth. Morality will be defined and explained in another write-up.
Veritas, Veracity, Veracious, Verifiable
Truth is "solid", as in real, demonstrable, and verifiable. Truth is not simply belief as "truth" that you imagine in the subjective inner-light constructs of your consciousness. Truth is objective and is seen through the outer-light that shines upon existence.
Truth vs. Belief
If something can't be verified, repeated, persisted through a methodology, then it can't be confirmed through verification to exist, although it may have been true, happened or existed, such as an event. If it was not recorded in written, audio or video format, then we have no way of knowing it actually did happen. Anyone can say anything or write anything, but it doesn't make it necessarily true.
Acceptance of an alleged truth this way, will be a belief, and not a real "solid" truth. This is a major distinction that people are failing to make, that of a real truth, and that of a belief pervaded as “truth”. Many beliefs are pervaded and purported as "truth" because of uncritical thinking. Truth is not belief.
Truth is a symbol concept to represent what is existent, as opposed to unreal non-existent imaginations and beliefs we can invent and fantasize about. Truth doesn’t exist in itself, it refers to particular aspects of existence (extants) or all one universal grouping order of existence.
The objective universe, with all that it contains, anything that is, is real existence, even if we can’t interact with it directly with our immediate sense apprehension capacities. But, to actually know something as a truth requires it to have been demonstrated as such. If you can't re-demonstrate it to others, then they can only believe what was demonstrated to you. Imagery in consciousness (phantasms, beliefs) does not equate to existence in reality. If you can’t verify what someone says about reality, then you believe them, you have trust, loyalty and faith in that belief being "true". Something can actually be true, but you can't make the claim of it being true, unless you can verify and demonstrate it to be true. That is what the word true means.
There are two ways to be fooled: to accept what isn’t true or to refuse to accept what is true.
The Importance of Truth
Truth and morality are the foundation for determining the quality and condition of our lives. Moral truth is the greatest "capital" (chief, most important, head) investment to make in life. Spending our* time** and paying attention (our currency in life)* to understand morality and live morally is the highest, truest most authentic aspiration to strive for in life.
This allows us to progressively become better, truer, realer and higher versions of ourselves, as a "higher self". All of the "spiritual" teachings are about this at their core* esoteric hidden occulted later of meaning. The narratives and phantasmal (fantasy) imagery are not to be taken literally.
The degree to which we diverge from the truth, reality and existence, and more specifically the path and way of moral truth, will determine the quality, condition and degree to which we experience confusion, suffering and chaos in our lives. Believing 2+2=5 will send you on a false path of understanding, while understanding and seeing (vision, wisdom) the truth of 2+2=4 will set you on the right path.
"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."
– Buddha allegedly, but unknown source
Truth is reality, existence and the universe, the "one", the "all", i.e. the symbol of "God". Truth is the axiomatic foundation for higher, realer, truer living, and the foundation for life and the universe.
Notice the origin of the idea of "God" as a symbolized synonym to represent truth as some actual "thing" that is imagined to exist in itself? Reality, existence, the universe, and truth are symbols that are inherently recognized in a model of understanding the world and ourselves, and then anthropomorphized, reified, deified, externalized, objectified and projected out there somewhere as some "thing".
This is what the Ancient Egyptians, Kemetians, and many other religions, cultures and teachings did to symbolically elucidate comprehension of reality. This symbolic, metaphorical, mythopoetic, allegorical, analogical and parabolic understanding was eventually taken to be literal. Externalizing comprehension of ourselves and reality, as objects in themselves, like idols for "gods", is a way to more easily understand an abstraction. This is what is symbolically expressed in the metaphor of Jesus, the Light, the Word, the Way and Path, and "God". It's not to be taken literally, even though some do. It's to express deeper understanding of higher, truer, realer moral life and living.
Do you value truth? What are the 3 most important things in your life? Was truth even one of them before you read this? Is it now that you understand it's importance?
If you care to create an anarchistic and voluntary society, then truth and morality is the key to opening that door of possibilities and walking into that new reality we can create.
Truth is "Love". "Love" is Truth. Truth unites. Lies divide. Embrace Truth. Care for Truth.
Integrate with Truth & Morality.
Live integrated & connected.
Truth is one way – go all the way.
Thank you for reading! I appreciate the knowledge reaching more people. Take care. Peace.
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Author: Kris Nelson / @krnel
Date: 2016-09-17, 9:20am EST