How difficult the whole idea of “truth”, for it is one thing for this person, and another for that. Even the philosophers and theologians cannot agree on exactly what constitutes truth.
It is admirable that one should seek to serve her through all the days of one’s life, I would never feel that a person had wasted their life if this were indeed their goal, I would, however, caution such a person, that the minute you think you know the answers, the cosmos WILL change the questions. And that is an objective truth. I know that it has been used humorously, that that is because we can only stand and laugh at our collective condition, otherwise we would melt in tears with no hope of improvment.
The meaning of the word truth extends from honesty, good faith, and sincerity in general, to agreement with fact or reality in particular. The term has no single definition about which a majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree. Various theories of truth continue to be debated. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute.
So, if the philosophers cannot agree, and the theologians spend midnight oil attempting to find it, and the scientists pull out their collective hair because they know that even the act of observing an incident changes it, how can one find the ‘Truth”?
It is this very condition along with other factors that first brought me to the realization that only if you sit on your hands and insist on a particular POV, can you ever really be certain that you know the Truth. When I began my search, and remember, I hear voices, and not always pleasant ones, so the search was all the more important to me, I began to look at all the different perspectives on God, and what this philosopher had to say as opposed to what that philosopher could argue. What I found was what I show others, that throughout the major religions there runs a golden thread, but it is not about objective truth, it is about compassion. I know, that is not a comfort, as compassion for all is not an easy thing to give or even find. But that, it seems, is the bottom line, and the truly common thread in all of the greats.
What that said to me was that it was more important to get down in the trenches and help than to stand on the hilltop and proclaim. Dang, I hate that, because it means that, if I am to truly serve truth, I’m gonna have to get dirty. So, may I make a suggestion? If you are truly in search of the truth, take some time out of your upwardly mobile life, and work as an orderly or as a nursing assistant for a while. Help a few people to the bathroom when they are ill. It will help you understand that sometimes it isn’t what you proclaim from the mountain top that matters, it’s what you learn in the trenches of life.