Today, when I was posting to a thread on TLE, I realized that I was working towards an essential discovery: validation is truth. Further, that truth is highly mutable and relevant only to the now moment of any individual, i.e., any truth I might express today is subject to change on another day. Wow! That’s a slippery slope to tumble onto.
Let’s start at the beginning. As Michael says, there are very few genuine global truths that affect everyone on the planet, mostly things like gravity. Everything else is pretty much a social convention or state of perception. This would apply to most of our laws as applied throughout a nation, a region, or a township. It applies to our rules of behavior and comportment. It even applies to things that we view as hard and fast facts.
For example, in Iran it might be very true right now that the laws are weighted against women, but it hasn’t always been that way, and it’s unlikely to remain that way, and the same laws do not apply equally in all Muslim countries, even though they are based on Sharia, Muslim law. As the citizens of Iran grow and develop, they will alter what seems to be carved in stone today. Persia has gone through many changes during its thousands of years of history. Islamic countries have not always been theocracies. The people will endure and changes will come. A new truth will emerge for Iran.
Another example I used was a truth of solid physical items. How much we view the material world as an absolute truth. Yet, get a big enough microscope, and everything is composed of cells, many of which are in a state of motion or decay, and refine the look even further, and at an atomic level, all atoms are in motion. Earthquakes freak us out because “solid” mother earth isn’t really quite so solid. Weather that we take for granted as benign can turn violent and deadly in a matter of wind shifts and mass air movements, nearly undetectable by the human eye except from a distance. The sun is far away and absolutely essential for most life on earth, yet solar eruptions can cause vast amounts of radioactive solar dust that can kill. Nothing is what it appears. A simple truth is only true until one looks deeper and further.
Beliefs are no different. They are only truths because they are practiced as truths, not because they have been examined from all sides and determined to actually BE true. Religions, spiritual beliefs, and various philosophies that attempt to answer the cosmology of origins and existence depend heavily on myths, legends, and assumptions. To each believer, they ARE true, until they are no longer believed. So far, only humans have executed those who fall into a state of apostasy — no god has yet to zap from beyond. But, few seem to notice this.
But, the point of this article is that each person creates their own reality from a complex intertwining set of perspectives and beliefs. Each person’s truths are based on these constructs. How we will validate any new possible truth into our lives will be based on these existing truths. As we change and grow over time, our truths change; so, our criteria for validating will change, too.
This is what makes Michael such an interesting study. They have given us the tools for self-understanding — the components of our personalities. But, they don’t come right out and say that if one is emotionally centered, they will validate in “this” manner versus someone who is intellectually or moving centered. Or that if one has a goal of discrimination that they’re going to validate in “this” way versus someone with a goal of dominance. While they recognize that we all have imprinting, conditioning, self-perpetuating beliefs, they seem to know that each us is truly a unique package of essence, overleaves, past life experiences, and current life experiences. It’s that entire package that determines our truth of now and how we will validate anything.