Post-truth is certainly pre-truth

The term post-truth is astounding. There is nothing true about it.

The Oxford dictionary awarded this term “Word of the year 2016.” Their definition of it is: ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

I have said a few things about truth previously in these blogs, for instance, “Misleading concepts block the way to truth.” Opinions arise from short term thinking. It is as if we scramble for a landing pad, any landing pad and breathe a sigh of relief when we actually have a thought about a matter. This thought or idea is usually prejudiced because we twist it with our own bias. This is what I wrote in another post:

“This is the truth of our prejudice; we unconsciously prevent any exploration for the truth. Why? Because we are afraid of the truth, understandably so, truth can be frightening because it is often the opposite of what we believe to be true. If we are to explore truth we need a hand to hold, we need companionship, and most of all we need openness. This openness occurs when we open our soul and let our spirit shine in – reaching up like a flower to the sun. Prejudice is the sign of a solidified soul hiding from the light not realising that the ground beneath the feet is really quicksand.”

The ancient Greek word for truth is alethes and it means unforgetting. A strange term but quite different to remembering (re-membering). Unforgetting means to peel away all the memories to get to the purity of idea. We do this with success only when we connect with our “I”, that pure element that is the human spirit.

Post-truth arises in the lowest regions of our soul; we can only approach truth when we allow our “I” to express itself through the highest region of our soul.

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