Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The definition of truth is flashed on the f.b. on June 1,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh
What is truth is a very simple question though answering it isn't so simple as one thinks We can offer definitions like the truth is that which conforms to reality, fact, or actuality.


( Photo of Mahatma Gandhi)

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Bishwa Nath Singh :

But the basic definition that truth is that which conforms to reality, fact, or actuality does not seem to be complete because its definition is open to interpretation and a wide variety of applications. What is reality? What is fact? ...What is actuality? How does perception affect truth? We could offer answers for each of these questions, but then we could again ask similar questions of those answers. I am reminded of the paradox of throwing a ball against a wall. It must get half way there, and then half way of the remaining distance, and then half of that distance, and so on. But, an infinite number of halves in this scenario never constitute a whole. Therefore, it would seem that the ball would never reach the wall if we applied the conceptual truths of halves. The ball-against-the-wall scenario simply illustrates that defining and redefining things as we try to approach a goal actually prevents us from getting to that goal. This is what philosophy does sometimes as it seeks to examine truth. It sometimes clouds issues so much, that nothing can be known for sure. But, even though it is true that an infinite number of halves (1/2 of "a" + 1/2 of the remainder + 1/2 of the remainder of that, etc.) does not equal a whole, we can "prove" that it does by simply throwing a ball at a wall and watching it bounce off. Actually, the "1/2" equation above does not equal a whole -- mathematically. The problem is not in the truth but in its application, as is often the case with philosophical verbal gymnastics. Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies accuracy and honesty: "We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences" .Veracity is adherence to the truth: "Veracity is the heart of morality" Verity often applies to an enduring or repeatedly demonstrated truth: "beliefs that were accepted as eternal verities”. Let us be firm to remain faithful to ourselves and others if we are keen to have the most successful life!Truth was one of ehe weapon that Mahatma Gandhi had use for getting independence of our motherland India from British Colonial Rule for over many centuaries.Let us derive lesson from the life of Mahatma Gandhi who is the father of our Nation!


June 1,2011.

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