Searching for truth

Seeking truth
Journeying in search of truth
1. There is therefore a path which the human being may choose to take, a path which begins with reason's capacity to rise beyond what is contingent and set out towards the infinite. In different ways and at different times, men and women have shown that they can articulate this intimate desire of theirs. Through literature, music, painting, sculpture, architecture and every other work of their creative intelligence they have declared the urgency of their quest. In a special way philosophy has made this search its own and, with its specific tools and scholarly methods, has articulated this universal human desire. It is rightly claimed that persons have reached adulthood when they can distinguish independently between truth and falsehood, making up their own minds about the objective reality of things. This is what has driven so many enquiries, especially in the scientific field, which in recent centuries have produced important results, leading to genuine progress for all humanity. (Papal Encyclical, Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998).

2. Mehmet Oz, Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, USA, describes three fundamental values affecting the entire way in which our search for truth, good and beauty now takes place: "the new physics", which tells us that all is insubstantial, or virtual, as particles held together by force; globalization, which "is happening all around us"; and digitalization, the revolution of the Web and wireless communication, which accelerates or amplifies these two "bullet points".

3. What happened is fact, not truth. Truth is what we think about what happened. (Robert McKee).

5. A moment of choice is a moment of truth (Stephen R Covey).

4. I think a man's duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life. (Plato).

Counter Claim:
1. Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as nothing happened. (Winston Churchill).

2. We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. (Denis Diderot).

3. Wise is he who recognises that Truth is One and one only, but wiser still the one who accepts that Truth is called by many names, and approached from myriad routes (Vedic text).

Type Classification:
J: Unconfirmed strategies