Talking Truth. . .
I know we all feel at times that what we are doing doesn’t have much of an effect and I know I can feel quite frustrated but I have to believe that by “outing” the truth, that by focusing on accurate, truthful descriptions of the realities of this life we find ourselves immersed has to be the correct, even if frustrating, to do.
Now after this temporary fart of an election that has landed us a turd in the underwear where truth and discussions of truth have been declared passe, (the “post-fact world”-what a joke of a thought), if not considered impossible to obtain, it is all the more important to focus on developing means, arguments and implementation of “true discourse” that can be proven to be so through rationo-logical philosophical analysis. Sounds rather esoteric, perhaps even elitist to believe so and strive toward a daily etiquette, regimen and/or procedure and program, way of being in mental thought. But we must strive towards that ever elusive “truth of the matter at hand”.
For me much of our concerns with public education has to do with this lack of “fidelity to truth” whereby error, falsehood and outright logical nonsense dominate the discourse due to the historical power relations/structures that have evolved with supposed experts (actually experts in feathering their own nest of temporary fame and wealth), pseudo-experts (and I hate that concept of expert as I see it as a power trip) commandeering the “loudspeakers” and monies.
How to counteract such inane insanities? I have no answer other than to say that the answer can only start with that “fidelity to truth” as the basis for all we do (and be).
Lately I have been reading with a focus on what constitutes truth, how to justify considering a statement as true and the methods/proofs needed to do so. In this reading is an author I admire, Andre Comte-Sponville for his insights into philosophy and what constitutes a human good or a virtue. I recommend all read his “A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues” along with “The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality” of which I don’t agree with the concept of “atheist spirituality”-seems oxymoronic to me and he hasn’t convinced me otherwise, but which has some excellent discussions on truth and what truth entails. Also dovetailing with that is a book, which I believe Katherine Blanche King from Ravitch’s blog recommended, “Philosophy: A Passion for Wisdom” (one could substitute “truth” for wisdom actually) by Emile J. Piscitelli. For is not “wisdom” actually the ability to recognize and utilize truth as the main source of being, thinking, doing?