None whatsoever. There is no absolute truth. There is no fact. Fact is “the quality of being actual : actuality <a question of fact hinges on evidence>.” Show me evidence that may not be disproved sometime in the future. Even science could be completely wrong. Truth is an illusion that we keep in order to make ourselves feel safe in certain things. But here’s my question, why can’t we feel safe without having fact? Why do we need affirmation of our existence and of our beliefs with “fact”?
Last quarter, I took an Organic Chemistry class complete with lab. As I carried out various experiments, I always knew what the expected result would be based on lecture notes, common sense and lab preparation. But as I went to lab week after week and as I listened to my Professor explain the workings of the world around us through reactions and mechanisms, I couldn’t help wondering if it was all coincidence. And I’m sure that if I ask any chemist in the world, they couldn’t disprove that theory.
We know nothing. Not even what we see. The labels that we have given everything that we can experience through our five discovered senses is only labeled within our own perception. Everything is based on faith. Faith that science isn’t just an astounding combination of coincidences as random and rare as planet Earth is in the universe.
So how can people claim to know the truth. How can any of us claim Jesus saves, God is not here, we are made of molecules and he is bad man when we know nothing as fact? We don’t need it to live, we don’t need it to survive. We get so caught up in trying to prove and trying to find the facts that we miss the life. We miss the experience. We lose trust in ourselves and look for the “truth” in “fact” that doesn’t exist.
Everything that we call fact or truth is based on imperfect human perception. How do we know the red isn’t actually blue, or that pants aren’t actually shirts or that ugly is not actually beautiful? It sounds abstract, ridiculous even, but ask yourself these questions. Who says these things are fact. Who says that I have written and not said? The creator of the word “red” could have easily said blue instead. It isn’t fact, it is perception and we have faith that that perception is right. What do you know for sure that may not be disproven in death? What Christian has died and knows that he will go somewhere else and not just dead? What atheist knows that she will not die and see God?
What does it matter if our perception is right? It only matters that at the end of our lives we have experienced. It only matters that we have fought the great fights. Coming out of it with defeat of victory is trivial, as long as we have lived, what does it matter (absent of our reputation, of other people, of our families and our perception) what is fact and truth? Why do we concern ourselves with what we cannot know? Of course we want to find out what is real and what is not, but why not create ourselves so that we do not need it? Why not form ourselves so that we do not desire “fact” to affirm our existence and our faith?
Think about a life that is absent of the desire for truth and fact. A carefree existence with the complete ability to live without distraction. To experience, love and connect only as experience. Imagine life just as life. Imagine loving your friends and family without wondering about anything else. To take life as it is and respect as it is. Yes, the fun of philosophizing and theorizing would be absent, but only at those moments, without the human need to question, would we know truth. When we wouldn’t care. When truth wouldn’t matter. When we are satisfied with our destination. We when realize that certain things have no answers, that life is out of our control, the we are in control of only ourselves and that we will die inevitably, but not in vain. That’s when we know truth. When living is only about living and we accept what others say at face value. When we can look each other in the eye and say “This is you. This is me. This is us at face value.” This is when fact/truth is obtained. When we know truth is nothing.