Editorial #1 - October 4, 2003
Is Fear of Truth a Consequence of Love
or a Shame of Pride?
Sadly many people act as if in fear of truth. Well we should fear
truth but not because it is truth! We should fear it because of
the consequences of losing, or not finding it. It is a principal
of order that truth will ultimately destroy all untruth and civilizations
that blindly follow false beliefs.
Our fear should be with the negative not the positive. If we ignore
truth we depart from our creation base and our rational behavior.
Is it not logically obvious that the problems mentioned in this
series of editorials are problems caused by our fear to face 'that
truth' which is a challenge to that which is false in ourselves
or our culture?
Whether we want to make a political protest, raise a family or
adopt a healthy lifestyle, we cannot make good decisions unless
we accept the truth of our situation. It is like being lost in a
desert; we know a waterhole is within reach but there are 360 degrees
in a circle and 359 wrong directions to go. A native will have improved
chances through knowing the habits of wildlife or celestial positions
and the truthful observation learned by generations of experience.
In the end it will be the truth of our accumulated knowledge that
will save or destroy us.
Love of truth is instinctive because in departure
from truth we destroy
ourselves. We need fear truth only when
we abort our intellectual capacity, or our desire, to know it.
You know my position in regard to religions; some have done their
job but let us down because, over time, they have infused human
desires into belief. The following quote of a leading churchman
of the past is revealing. It explains, in a clear way, a common
attitude to truth. It may still help many today. See what you think?
A Thought for the day in 354-430 A. D. Quote:
"Why does truth [sometimes] call forth hatred? Why is Your
servant treated as an enemy by those to whom he preaches the truth
which, if happiness is loved, is simply joy in truth?
Simply because truth is loved in such a way that those who love
some other thing want it to be the truth, and, precisely because
they do not wish to be deceived, are unwilling to be convinced that
they are deceived. Thus they hate the truth for the sake of that
other thing which they love because they take it for truth. They
love truth when it enlightens them; they hate truth when it accuses
them. Because they do not wish to be deceived and do [not] wish
to deceive, they love truth when it reveals itself, and hate it
when it reveals them [as being in error].
Thus it shall reward them as they deserve; those who do not wish
to be revealed by truth, truth will unmask against their will, but
it will not reveal itself to them. Thus, thus, even thus, does the
human mind, blind and inert, vile and ill-behaved, desire to keep
itself concealed, yet desire that nothing should be concealed from
itself. But the contrary happens to it - it cannot lie hidden from
truth, but only truth from it.
Even so, for all its worthlessness, the human mind would rather
find its joy in truth than falsehood. So it shall be happy if, with
no other thing to distract, it shall one day come to rejoice in
that sole Truth by which all things are true." End Quote.
St.Augustine (354-430) Bishop of Hippo
The understandings we discuss are in accord with the teachings
of Jesus but not always in accord with the teachings of Christian
churches. Because of their fear to admit mistakes Christians learn
and like to support, a worldly interpretation. We are in love with
a god we created in our own image!
By creating a god in our own image we comfort ourselves because
this god does not, as truth does, force us to intellectual effort
or challenge our image of ourselves. We are happy to leave our lives
in the care of comforting humanistic interpretations and refuse
to make a logical appraisal of what we are or where we are going.
But we fool ourselves when we avoid to discipline ourselves and
so then avoid to read with care and with thought the statements
accredited to Jesus.
If you were to save a friend's life your friend would be grateful
and might ask how this debt could be in some part repaid. But a
Christian might reply: "You owe me nothing, I was pleased to
help! It was truth, not I, which saved you. I only expressed truth
in acting for your sake. You owe your life to our God who is truth,
if you seek to repay you should repay in service to truth."
Many people claim to be Christians with very little or a very deformed
idea of what Christian means. Christian means dedication to truth:
to being honest; to follow the sensible and logical directions given
by Jesus to help us improve our lives. Christian means making use
of our intelligence; that is why it was given to us.
Two thousand years ago we may have had to believe by faith alone
but today we only need enough faith to use our intelligence: our
intelligence can now confirm our faith as our faith confirms our
Yes his early followers may or may not have given good advice but
their reported comments must be tested by the same intelligence
with which we can test the reported translations of the words of
Jesus. Truth is an easy master to follow and the spiritual reward
liberally compensates for all physical pain.
We should always remember that truth is something humanity has
the privilege to be allowed to access and benefit from, but we have
to earn this benefit by learning over generations and building up
understanding. So we should not judge past generations by our own.
Past generations had to solve their problems at different level
of understanding, we must allow for this.
We could not have evolved from apes
nor could apes have been Our Surrogate Parents.
Foregoing attitude forming influences may make learning
that Dolphins were our surrogate parents distressing because of
challenge to present beliefs: we have to re-arrange our thoughts
and ideas, we have to look deeper and challenge our beliefs. Many
will also be loath to accept the scientific time spans but time
has little meaning for a God who created time for our development.
We should not be distressed to hear that the Creator is intelligent
and that the creation is an intelligent and logical construction.
We should be grateful that our creation is to do with logic and
reason, not a power of magic and self-gratification. Our Creation
was designed in one piece. All life genes, including those that
form the human body, were delivered to our earth when animal life
was delivered to our earth.
The reason for that may be because of a needed vastness of space
and complication of transporting physical matter over this space.
Or it may simply be that the process of developing and acquiring
intellect needs this for eventual success. Spaceship earth was provisioned
with its life-force and had its development programmed because the
earth was not, in its early ages, ready for advanced forms of life.
Relevant species had to be triggered to appear and to advance our
environment over time.
As land animals we have a great affinity to oceans and Biblical
references to fish may be a respectful salute to our surrogate parents
and a clue for us now that we have the science and intellectual
development to appreciate our prehistoric relationships.
Logically we have to be with the Dolphin line because the outstanding
technical achievement of the creation of biological life was the
human brain. This could not be left in the care of a land animal!
As earth was developed the "brain" had to be left in the
care of an animal that could not put it to wrong use at the wrong
time. More important was need of the freedom, stability and security
of an oceanic environment during what seems, to us, a very long
Without hands and legs and a dry environment the dolphin had no
way to create a record of continual achievement and therefore must
rely on the limitations of memory. No doubt the Dolphin has made
exceptional use of this memory but humans needed to develop portable
hard copy memory aids and technical skills along with the means
of their production. We had, in out turn, to be as we are.
Truth and Bias
As Revealed in the St.Augustine quote the reason we appear to fight
truth is because we, by nature and intelligence, love it. But pride
causes us to hate being corrected even more. The cause of irrational
behavior in relation to truth is pride and prejudice - the fear
of losing face. These are magnified by humanist education. I have
used words to the following effect but have now found a quote credited
to the well known philosopher Bertrand Russell; Quote: "Many
people would rather die than think - in fact most do! Bertrand
Russell. We now also know why!
Had Bertie overcome pride and changed that 'think' to "face
truth" then he may have become as great a person as his followers
think he was. But, like so many of us, he loved his self-image above
Bertrand Russell, well known British philosopher and mathematician
(1872-1970) has been quoted several times on this site in relation
to revelations in his book "The Impact of Science on Society";
the essence of these is: Quote:
"Although this science will be diligently studied, it will
be rightly confined to the governing class and the populace will
not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated ... education
should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left
school, they will be incapable ... of acting or thinking otherwise
than their schoolmasters would have wished." End Q.
You may view these quotes by entering "Bertrand"
on the "Google" "site search" facility
at the end of this "Home page". The larger quote and comment
is in the book "Globalism Brainwash" which can
be downloaded at "Fast Downloads". Readers, it
seems, find this Russell quote hard to believe, or as not applying
to their education. But it does so apply and it is, at least so
far as European culture is concerned, world-wide. Some may think
that their upbringing has encouraged a broader viewpoint; this we
are led to believe but actually it does no such thing. Our education
is designed to encourage belief in our own importance at the expense
of all balance of logic.
Our other book most directly related to this series of editorials
is the New "Of Truth" also available at Fast Downloads.
Perhaps, now that our world social problems are multiplying, readers
will begin to see that deceit, bias and prejudice is being created
in the wider community to destroy the rational behavior and the
health and wealth of communities. Can we see how this is generating
our world problems and also our stubborn unwillingness to think
and act in our own defense? This (Can it be coincidence?) also increases
the power and security of the international governing establishment!
The evidence warning of the above situation has been growing progressively
over the last hundred years of scientific progress. Forewarning
is also there in examples from earliest history and in the Christian
testament. Throughout history there have been leaders wanting to
own their entire known world. The truth of our nature is now available
and we are at our testing time.
Fortunately, as with all social change (engineered or not) everyone
is not equally afflicted and effective change takes a few generations
to take secure hold. Many people now see that we face serious problems
but believe they have no time to look for truth so they try ever
harder to prove their convictions. Those prepared to stop and think
honestly can defend themselves and their families but time is running
Expect October 18th to be the last editorial of this series as it
seems to me that my work may be finished; it is now for readers
to take advantage of their situation. There is no restriction on
reprinting, unchanged, our complete articles or books. After a settling
time our last six editorials (which really review and update main
features of earlier writing) will be made into a booklet for reader
convenience. Future editorials may be opportunistic or in response
to reader comment.
Regards to all,
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