“The essence of truth lies in its resistance to being ignored.” —C. S. Peirce
The quote in the headline and below exemplifies the straight-forwardness of the man whose mind was said to be the equal of that of Leibnitz. Peirce also hoped it might in terms of scope and aspiration be comparable to that of Aristotle.
I have been at at pains to fault Aristotle for basing ethics on the thin gruel of virtues rather than the firm foundation of values. I have refined my value orientation, developed in the 1970s, during my encounter with Peirce over the last decade. There is an uncanny correspondence in writings done before Peirce. They go the same way.
The in-your-faceness of truth is today’s message.
I think of Trump and Obama.
Trump is a festival of bloviation whose truth hides beneath vast cloaks of venal speculation and cutting innuendo. But like a laser, these sparks get through and are in your face.
For example, the need to rid ourselves of the parody of patriotism that the Congressional GOP has become.
I see that notion as having a measure of truth.
In Obama we have a pragmaticist, a Peircean person, who can be described with the word Peirce eventually invented to distinguish his version of pragmatism.
I see a pragmaticist as a person who experiments always and who consciously adheres to universal values.
Truth for Peirce lies in what can be experienced. But this is not logical positivism. For Peirce, I would argue, truth is informed by values which tend toward goodness, justice and beauty— toward the agapic, a word Peirce used to evoke the apex of love, agape. Self-giving love, love without conditions or expectations.
This very reality of love is truth that cannot and will not be ignored. It must come to infuse all human endeavor. It is the only force that can leech from reality over time of its evil side effects.
Peirce: CP 2.139 Cross-Ref:††
139. Deceive yourself as you may, you have a direct experience of something reacting against you. You may suppose that there is some substance in which ego and non-ego have alike the roots of their being; but that is beside the question. The fact of the reaction remains. There is the proposition which is so, whatever you may opine about it. The essence of truth lies in its resistance to being ignored.