Also true is the impact if we don't believe in any objective truth. If we believe there is no really discoverable truth, then it is very difficult to make any value decisions on behaviors and actions. We accept whatever happens because there is no real truth. This position allows for whatever actions to take place with no moral compass or set of values that root us.
If I walk down the street and see someone beating up a child, what is my response? Without any objective truth, do I keep walking, do I say I have no idea what is going on? If I see the world in black and white, do I intervene, cast immediate judgment on the person beating the child, and feel right in beating the beater? Or bring the full force of the law down on them and seek punishment?
I believe in a response that reacts to the immediate truth I see. Stopping as best I can the child from being injured, and then trying to figure out the best reaction, response and accountability in the aftermath of helping the child understanding there is probably much more I need to know. There is probably a deeper truth to be discovered, but first I help the child.
So often our politics and our relationships are built on positions that are bunkered into and we forget that truth lives in a forest of uncertainty and is moving at times away from us, like the universe. And many times we have held the locked positions for so long, we no longer know even why or whether they fit the current reality. It is only by questioning our notions, and staying on the search that we allow ourselves to grow in the unknown.
The universe and our relationships at all levels is like a poem written by a master from long ago, and that master has continued to add stanzas every day and will every day going forward. We each read the poem and take away something from it, but did we get the message right, or do we still need to be open to more discovery?
I don't have all the answers (I have very few, and fewer today than yesterday), but I believe answers exist even if they are constantly moving further from us. Yes it is a paradox, a mystery, but doesn't that make life full of excitement and meaning?
There you have it.
Matthew Dowd is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent. Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.