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Why Truth Matters


John G. Messerly


Reason and Meaning

February 08, 2017

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care about how you got your money as long as you have got it.”
~ Edmund Way Teale


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Posted by instamatic  on  02/08  at  04:16 PM

I think that those so careless with their bullying, destruction, ignorance, power, and naked pursuit of self-interest just don’t realize or care

Or do not know what to do. Pursuing truth is attempting to escape our animal nature; escapism is necessary—though is nevertheless nothing more or less than trying to escape. We run away from our hominidity yet can’t get far. 
Oases of truth do not last long. Virtues are sandcastle virtues continually washed away and rebuilt.
Is it hopeless? No. However those so careless with their bullying, destruction, ignorance, power, and naked pursuit of self-interest are going to be around us for a long time, all around us: Power Money Sex offer irresistible temptations and rewards. And in fact built this world. You’re going to have to inculcate Youth with Truth. Which starts with academia—not generally known as a great fortress of Truth. Older people are usually stuck in their ways and the ways of a dissembling world.





Posted by rms  on  02/09  at  05:43 PM

We know that Hobbes’ “state of nature” is an exaggeration; at no time
did humans normally live that way.  Humans were never normally
solitary; they lived in bands, as did our ape ancestors.  Every human
group had some kinds of technology, as did our ape ancestors.  Every
human group we know of had a culture, a set of practices handed down
through generations, and this included at least the arts of music and
storytelling.

This does not invalidate the article’s overall argument.





Posted by instamatic  on  02/09  at  08:41 PM

They were not solitary yet it is true that they were in continual fear and in danger of violent death; it was a poor, nasty, brutish and short life.






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