--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb <no_reply@...> wrote: > > Lawson's passing comment about "context" earlier got me thinking > about truth. Or Truth, if you prefer. Or, if you're even > stronger in your preferences, The Truth. > > In my travels along the somewhat twisty spiritual path, I have > noticed that a LOT of people are fond of this word "truth." > They speak of seeking it, of valuing it above all else, of its > importance to those on a spiritual path. Some speak of "knowing" > it, and speak as if they reveal it in every word. > > And yet, many of these *same* people seem to have No Problem > holding two completely contradictory truths in their heads at > the same time, and considering *each* of them Truth.
I don't think this happens often here, at least not as you describe it above. I think what happens is that you are constantly on the lookout for ways to put down the TMers here, and as a result you seize on variations in what people say as if they intended each of the variations to be Timeless Cosmic Truth, just so you can beat them over the head by claiming they believe things that are completely contradictory--no matter how reasonable it may be to take different contexts into account. Your goal is very rarely understanding; it's almost always to dump on TMers or others you don't like. (And ironically, the dumping often requires you to engage in genuine self-contradiction yourself.) > Maharishi was both a householder and a monk. Depending on "context." > Both of them are "truth," seen from that context. Depending on how much > you consider Maharishi enlightened -- and we've all been told that the > enlightened cannot *help* but speak the truth -- both could be seen as > Truth from that context. > > It makes me wonder whether what all these seekers are seeking as > "truth," and often speaking about as if it were The Truth is in reality > relative truth. Things are "true" or the "truth" only in context, as > *they* see them -- or claim to see them -- in that moment. Truth > *changes*, depending on context. > > How is that so different from the way those of us who do not even > believe in the *concept* of truth live our lives?