Sworn Testimony

“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself.”

~ Saint Augustine

Truth is a property which I have been wrestling with in the last week. How we define truth, what constitutes a truth, and whether multiple truths are simultaneously possible, are difficult questions with difficult answers. I will not attempt to answer any of them. Instead, examining the inverse of truth, the lie, more specifically the conscious lie, can perhaps shed light on the importance of the truth in walking a life path built on honesty and reality.

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The Age of Enlightenment

“We are all fascinated and overawed by statistical truths and large numbers and are daily apprised of the nullity and futility of individual personality, since it is not represented and personified by any mass organization.”

~ Carl Jung

The scientific revolution and subsequent technological advances over the last 500 or so years, but particularly in the last 150 years, has given the human race a historically unprecedented level of power and control over circumstances. The age of enlightenment, in succession to such a scientific revolution, gave birth to a new epoch of intellectual exploration, cultivation of ideas and political transformation. We have science to thank for our higher-than-ever life expectancies and infant survival rates, for our planes, our iPhones, and our medical institutions. But at what cost?

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