Jesus said to Pilate, “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After Pilate said this, he went out (John 18.37b-38a)
Pilate asked about truth, but did not await a reply. I dare attempt to answer his question…
If (or so I believe) Truth with a capital T is everything that is existentially, thus, demonstrably real in all circumstances and ethically right at all times (and, I, as a theist, add everything about God), then it seems to me that no one can possess (ever!), according to that olden oath, “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
So, I ask (for so it seems to me): Why do we humans, whether testifying to our individual truths of how we each perceive and understand life in this world or speaking through the megaphones of our political, social, or racial affinity groups believe and behave as if we have some sole possession of Truth?
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