Mr. Comey (or his publisher,) has released his memory book which, according to an email from the Guardian, is rather negative about the POTUS (Yes, I have rephrased this.) This brings my cogitation to the subject of truth.
I have previously enunciated the view that there are some statements that are inherently inaccurate” any discipline that tells me it is a science, isn’t; any advertisement that tells me its product is wonderful, healthful, beneficial, …, then the product isn’t; ….
So now let’s take a look at truth.
Truth is fundamentally a religionist concept. Truth is supposed to be immutable, adamantine, eternal, and transcendent. It is thence, derivatively, neither questionable nor utterable. Truth must be provided directly by the deity to the mortal and cannot be communicated by the mortal to other mortals.
It is unclear what the purpose of Truth is or why the Deity would bother communicating it since it can only benefit the human directly communicated with by the Deity. Or whether there is an benefit to that individual. In fact, this seems rather like teasing or even torture.
Truth has, sadly, been appropriated by the legal instrumentality to lend credibility to its arbitrary, imagined laws. Much pomp and circumstance is accorded truth which is totally absent courtesy of the mental workings of humans in all aspects of the system. It does help shore up other imaginary concepts like justice and fairness, both of which are subjective and irrelevant. All that counts in the legal world is that laws be obeyed and miscreants punished. The good done is for the organization and only the organization.
The religion aspect is similar. Most of the blathering about truth in religion is done for the benefit of the organization. The reason is somewhat more insidious. Simply put, perception of “truth” negates thought. Since truth is eternal, unquestionable, and immutable, any rational consideration of it is pointless and wasteful. IOW, truth and ignorance are complements. What is unclear is which engenders the other? Does a state of ignorance facilitate truth or does truth exalt ignorance? Or some other relationship?
This is the primary reason I seldom read outreach books and may be seen gagging when a scientist, who knows better, talks about truth to Bogs. Science, as I have said before, is about understanding, not truth. This has not changed manifestly since the days of the Restoration.
In a way, Truth is like the Vacuum. We may define it but we cannot find it for as soon as we see it or touch it it ceases to be.
And there is a name for people who are inaccurate in exchanging information: humans.