Monday, March 24, 2008

TRUTH AND REALITY


This is part of a post I wrote last night (actually early in the morning at 2:30 having once again been awakened and not able to get back to sleep for the second night in a row) and submitted on another forum in a discussion about the difference between Truth and Reality but thought I would add it here also. Maybe someone can use it?

I know many of you are familiar with some of my story and I think much of it speaks to what I was stuck in...the difficulty that's brought on by this battle between Truth and Reality. I couldn't "see" Truth due to being governed by that which is seen...Reality. I found out that to find freedom, or to find Truth, demanded that I step outside the reality that I was being controlled by. Faith for the first time in my life began to be birthed in that new place, faith being the evidence of things hoped for, the assurance of things not seen. Or at least that's how I would explain it today.

Here is something taken from an article I found on the web that you might find interesting reading? It's linked below this excerpt.

"In most of these situations something good and necessary has been either corrupted or blown up out of proportion, so that it dominates what it should be subject to. Such lack of proportion involves the dialectic between reality and truth, in the case of images and language. Our attention has focused on the tangible to such an extent that we no longer consider truth to carry any serious weight.

Reality deals with fixed things not open to discussion, things which one can only observe. It forces us to conform. Truth, like the word, is infinitely open-ended and invites reflection, response, relationship, and dialogue. Reality refuses to allow us the distance necessary so that we can be critical of what we are considering. In modern society we tend to accept truth only if it bears on reality -- specifically scientific reality -- which has become our ultimate truth.

In the same vein, we tend to believe words only if they have some visual evidence supporting them. Whatever cannot be expressed through images seems to us to have no genuine importance, or even existence."

1 comment:

Rich said...

Kent,

I love these quotes from The Humiliation of the Word.

Phenomenology should not only cause things to appear as they are, but make them sound as they are! Classical philosophy does not know how to listen to or hear truth. Kierkegaard listens to Mozart: "The careful listener, when hearing A Little Night Music, will always set the speculative (visual) spectacle over against the silent ‘I know’ -- that silent situation in which we enable ourselves to hear the melody of the world as we listen, and as we wait for God’s call."

The philosopher who refuses to listen also refuses both truth and reality. He lives within one set of categories and thinks with others. He is "like a man who builds an enormous castle, but lives beside it in a hut." These philosophers may not listen to anything, but of course they talk! They do nothing else! But they use words not even "to hide their thoughts, but to hide the fact that they have none." Their verbal inflation has no foundation. This becomes clear when they use language only for constructing systems.