Are There Objective Truths in Life and the World?

Today, it seems folks fall into two categories: on one side are people that believe in an objective truth and that it is knowable, and on the other side are true skeptics that question everything and assert there is no objective truth.

The objective truth side, no matter their political or philosophical leanings, have a tendency to look at life in black and white, and can be very judgmental in their approach to the world, politics and relationships. They assert the truth as they know it, and then operate from that platform. These folks have a very difficult time with anyone that might argue some things are relative or unknown at this time.

The skeptics seem to come from a place where everything is gray, and that it is impossible to know the real truth, even if there is one. That all truth is relative and there is no objective reality that is true and discoverable. It seems that this group has grown over the years, and conflict has certainly increased between these subjectivists and objectivists.

For myself, I have settled more into an approach that cannot be classified into either of the above groups. I believe that there is an objective truth, but that uncertainty abounds. That the search for the truth is a constant journey of discovery, that while having a real destination, it is hard to determine in the moment or for always. That there is black and white truth which we can search for, but it floats or sinks within a sea of gray. Yes, a big mysterious paradox. An objective truth to be discovered amidst a universe filled more with dark and gray uncertainty.

A few years ago scientists discovered that not only is our universe continuing to expand outward (and I would assert also simultaneously inward), but the expansion is accelerating. Thus, over the millions of years of expansion, each day the universe is expanding at increasing speeds, and will continue to expand even faster over time ahead.

I think this discovery of an accelerating expanding universe presents us with some answer to this search for truth amidst great uncertainty. Even today as we think we know the truth, we learn that what we have learned is actually more of the unknown. Every time we think we have a handle on the known world, the universe is telling us that there is so much more to know. The known universe is even more out of our reach than it was before. The truth is accelerating away from us.

I think of the truth in this context (or questions of right and wrong in the moment) like one of our children who is lost. We know the child is out there, but the child keeps walking away from us as we search for him or her. And just because the child is further from us does not mean we should stop searching or don't believe in the existence of them. And at moments we might feel like found them, only to discover it was another child lost along the way - not our child, but the truth another is searching for.

All of this has an impact on our politics, our relationships, and the world in general. When we believe that we know for sure the objective truth in all its manifestations, then we have a tendency to make definitive judgments and fight for our position relentlessly. And this leads to incredible dysfunction over time. We see this in our politics in Washington, D.C., and we see it in our intimate relationships.

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