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Reply #76: No, I've discarded the notion of using "Truth" as a universal metric for acceptability. [View All]

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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 02:03 PM
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76. No, I've discarded the notion of using "Truth" as a universal metric for acceptability.
Edited on Sun Nov-20-11 02:05 PM by GliderGuider
IMO the concept of "Truth" is way more asymptotic and context-dependent than people realize. I also think that most people don't really use "truth" as a metric for their beliefs - even those who think they do. What they see as truth is largely the result of post-hoc rationalizations for unconscious decisions.

It's not happiness I'm after in this endeavour, but maximum value. Much of that value seems to be hidden in very uncomfortable places, psychologically speaking.

The reduction of inner turmoil isn't my highest goal. Calming the mind is an intermediate step that enables me to investigate the deeper reaches of myself with less interference and resistance from my protective ego-structures. The reduction in turmoil is in service of my highest goal, which is direct experience of the numinous.

It's the same goal held by most Eastern philosophies and the mystic branches of traditional Western religions. Given your probable background in Western materialism and your antipathy toward religions constructs in general, it's not surprising that you might reject the idea. No problem - I'm not urging you to become a Bodhisattva. I'm just trying to describe why this path has value for me personally.
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