There is no Monopoly on Truth

There is no monopoly on truth,
it’s just out there,
waiting to be grasped,

by whoever’s floating by.
just ask the question,
and there is the answer,

groaning through the mist.
Through science, through the arts,
man confronts each day,

the sunny nature of truth.
A seeking, a search
a long mystic glance,

a meditation on all that is.
All that is, was, and will be
the timeless truths of man

out there, in here, waiting.

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11 Responses to “There is no Monopoly on Truth”

  1. tobeme Says:

    Very good poem. Yes the truth is always within us, we simply must look within and ask!

  2. ggwfung Says:

    thank you tobeme. It is the seeking that starts us on the path.

    many thanks for all your comments, they are appreciated, each one of them

    ggw

  3. SilverTiger Says:

    But what is truth?

    We talk of “telling the truth” as opposed to lying but this merely implies a consensus interpretation of an agreed set of arbitrary “facts”. A story we all accept as representing some situation.

    Mystics claim to see a “truth” hidden from ordinary mortals but I am not at all sure there is an objective existent on which to pin the label.

    Artists like to talk of the “truth” in their art works but I think this is a lazy synonym for our recognizing our humanity in the works.

    Is truth some sort of Platonic archetype that is reflected in every true thing?

    All in all, I am not at all sure there is any such thing.

    Email SilverTiger

  4. Naughty Heather Says:

    Is the secret in knowing which question(s) to ask?

  5. ggwfung Says:

    Ah SilverTiger, always posing the hard questions.

    I think in the end, there are certain concepts, certain ideas that are taken as a given. They are irreducible, the equivalent of mathematical axioms.

    People may quibble about an exact definition of music in terms of rhythm, melody, and beat, but in the end there is a personal evaluation of “what is music”, even if it is not music we particularly like.

    And so on, wtih “what is love?’, “what is humanity?”, and ultimately “what is truth?”.

    I haven’t given you an answer, but only a guidepost.

    ggw

  6. ggwfung Says:

    >>Naughty Heather

    now I am confused. What question/questions are you asking me?

    Whither direction to the truth?

    it’s upwards, heavenbound, just stretch that neck šŸ™‚

    ggw

  7. Naughty Heather Says:

    No question for you directly, I was just musing on whether the secret to finding “truth” lay in asking the right questions – in articulating your needs/desires for truth in a way that the universe could answer…

    I don’t know, Silver Tiger made me think of that – truth as an answer to the unasked question…made sense in my head….

  8. ggwfung Says:

    >>Naughty Heather

    the answer is only as good as the question that is asked.

    Nice point!

    ggw

  9. marvzg Says:

    Wow you’re pretty good man… so the question is what is the meaning of truth? Co’z there is no defifnite truth unless you know what is a lie or false…. just like how can you define bad if you don’t know what is good… and vice versa… Yin-yang theory… anyway cheers man..

  10. ggwfung Says:

    >>marvzg

    if you are after ‘absolute truths” you end up going down the path of physics and mathematical equations. They describe an “objective” universe quite accurately.

    if you start talking about “subjective truths”, you start running into problems, as SilverTiger points out.

    it gets hairy I know, but I think Heather’s on the right track. Truth is about an appropriate answer.

    ggw

  11. rlao Says:

    I just finished listening to the Book “Under the Banner of Heaven” and in the end, it summarized that “no religion has the monopoly on truth”. I liked the ending of the book, “be free to think for yourself”. Most of our beliefs have no absolute truth, just thoughts to make us comfortable with our existence.
    Be free

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