On Subjective Emotion and Objective Truth

When meaning is found in subjective emotion instead of objective truth, it’s no wonder the frauds will create passion from the banal.

When meaning is found in subjective emotion instead of objective truth, it’s no wonder the frauds will create passion from the banal. It doesn’t matter if the passion is based on real truth; they will have received their fix, and feverishly continue their eternal quest of internal fulfillment, with no regard to the casualties they create in their wake.

 

Truth is the currency of philosophy. At least it used to be. People throughout history have taken great risks – often to their physical person and property – in pursuit of this metaphysical coin. “Plato is dear, but truth is dearer still,” says the Philosopher; “Great is truth, and stronger than all things… it endureth, and is always strong; it liveth and conquereth forever more” (I Esdras 4); “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…. I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” (Jesus of Nazareth, John 8, 14).

But what happens when that currency is debased? Debased with the base metals of subjectivism, relativism, and existentialism?

Modern philosophy tells us that any person may have their truth, and it be just as valid or valuable as another person’s truth. People who assert such things are not philosophers at all. They are counterfeiters – forgers of philosophy; truffers of truth.

They would insist their straw is as much legal tender as your gold; and rob you of your gold if you do not agree.

Alchemists have existed throughout history – mechanics interested in manufacturing rarity and worth from the cheap and ordinary, particularly, turning base metals into gold. But alchemists have largely been relegated to the dustbin of science. Why then are the alchemists of ethics given a captive audience, revered among those who seek value from the worthless.

“Come as you are!” cry the frauds, “your rags are now your riches! Your sin is now your salvation! Universal pardon is the essence of justice!”

Such is the consequence of this godless philosophy: that truth is sacrificed upon the altar to self-indulgence. If it feels good, do it. Live your best life now. Live your truth. This above all – to thine own self be true, and truth be only to thine own self.

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