Truth has become a word that carries little meaning in American during this postmodern age. The ignorant lines like “what’s true for you might not be true for me” litter arguments against or for God, morality, and duty. As though truth can change from person to person, situation to situation. As though truth was a Twizzler, candy coated, chewy, flexible, and vanishing behind the gums of a child who needed another dose of sugary treats. So easily chewed up and defecated out. Delighted in for a little bit but certainly nothing you stand on, until reality slaps you, and you wake up with diabetes.
In our age and culture, I’ve heard lies in the form of emotional appeals, such as “there is no absolute truth,” “don’t force your beliefs down my throat,” “hey, let’s just get along and talk about what truly matters.” If we took each one, we’d find each to show the dimwiting of culture.
Take the first one, “there is no absolute truth.” Let me rephrase, “The absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.” They basically said they absolutely believe that you can’t absolutely believe.
The second one, “don’t force your beliefs down my throat.” Let me rephrase this, “don’t ever tell me what I can and can’t do.” And who died and made you king? You’re telling me, not to tell you something? By their own actions they are acting hypocritically and show they don’t believe what they say.
The third one, “”hey, let’s just get along and talk about what truly matters.” Let me rephrase this, “I don’t care about what you’re saying, so in order to remove the feeling of tension and to create a false reality of unity, let’s talk about things that I like more, which are probably some things you won’t disagree with.” In one foul swoop, they tell you that what you think doesn’t matter, what they think is more important, and that being “unified” about some things is more important than understanding why we don’t agree on others.
Each is a contradiction by nature, and the second and third one are more subtle than the first. The belief that truth is something you create, pick, choose, form, and then live out is among the greatest heresies in our culture. But praise God, more and more are coming to see the light. They see that Truth and Reality are things outside yourself.
I may be real, but when I die things will continue on. What’s sustaining these things that go on? Obviously not me.
I’ve bought into this once, and was confronted with the idea that I could be a brain in a vat. Meaning, everything is merely in my head, being stimulated by aliens who are creating a false reality. Thus, you are merely a figment of my imagination. And the problem with this is that it’s ridiculous. If you can’t believe your senses, then why do you believe your head?
If there is one thing we must be taught, it’s how to use the mind we’ve been given. That’s why in the past, logic and reason we’re the first things taught in school to children. A long lost art is the use of the mind in logic and reasoning. In America, children are being brainwashed. Literally. They’re not taught to think freely and for themselves. They’re not taught to reason and discover through the mental process of thinking. They’re given information, told to eat, digest, and then spew it out on a test.
The result of such brutally boring, life suppressing, and mind hindering activities are children who think with feeling, do what feels good, and ignore consequences. They believe most everything told them (unless, of course, someone seems to contradict something they’ve learned before). They walk throughout their days as an American without purpose or meaning. And by the time they hit college, they’re opened to a world of thought and contradictions, they’ve no direction, and jump to multiple degrees and “career path tracks” because they we’re taught to suppress the growth of their brain and told to “just be children.”
Wonder why men watch football instead of cultivate relationships with their spouses? Wonder where the good women are? Wonder what’s happened to America and the culture?
Look no further than at the pursuit of instant pleasure and simple minded thought processes.