The Buddhist understanding of truth, coupled with utilitarianism and Kant’s universal maxims
There are two definitions of truth within Buddhist thought: conventional truth and absolute truth.
You can think of truth in terms of rule and act utilitarianism.
There are a certain number of universal maxims (or rules that govern our life that are inviolable) that govern our world, like refraining from murder, rape, etc.
I am of the impression that there’s no such thing as a just war. Violence can never, if ever, be justified.
Peaceful resistance and civil disobedience, on the other hand, is entirely justifiable if done for the right cause.
What is the right cause?
The right cause includes the search for truth, meaning, and purpose.
Allow this to govern your life. Seek to uncover all elements of the truth.
The truth is.
That is what truth is.
Fiction cannot become fact.
Fact cannot become fiction.
A falsehood cannot become truth.
The truth cannot become a falsehood.
Binaries exist in our world, and a spectrum exists as well.
Ethics involves the gray areas in life, the entire spectrum of light and darkness.
Understanding these can be key to understanding how the world works.
Why it works the way it does is a mystery we ought to strive to uncover.
When you discover the truth, you’ll change your ways.
You’ll strive to uncover more of the truth and change your habits to become more virtuous.
It’s not an easy path, but it’s one that is most certainly worthwhile.
You may revert to bad habits, to doing things in excess.
But you cannot let those habits define your character.
Be more kind and forgiving towards yourself for your transgressions.
Seek light in times of darkness and you shall find the path before you illuminated by hope.
When life gives you lemons, make lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon pulp. Bake it into a cake. Draw silly faces on it. Take pictures of the faces people make when they’re eating lemons. Grow a lemon tree from its seeds to create more lemons.
Or make lemonade.
It’s up to you.