Aletheia, Truth and More
Over the past six decades I have learnt many things, researched many topics, analysed data and other information and satisfied my quest for the Truth in many areas. I would therefore like to be able to publish the truth about many topics, but the task is overwhelming and simply not possible. So instead I have designed this website to show How to find the truth, with some examples that I hope will be useful.
There are some people who say that truth is relative, and to some extent I have to agree. Absolute certainty is rare and often the domain of religious or spiritual truth of which believers become certain. Or those who believe conspiracy theories and follow the lead of their favourite expert, mentor, leader or cult figure may fall into the trap of believing with certainty that which is not true.
I like debunking conspiracy theories, but it can be a futile exercise because unless a person wants to be open-minded and learn they cannot be convinced by evidence, argument or persuasion. Conversely, I have known people who were so 'open-minded' that they never settled on a belief in anything, had no strong opinions, and probably did not actually know anything to be true. So if you are prone to fringe beliefs or just like to know things without joining the dots, this website is probably not for you.
I was introduced to someone recently and during the conversation I learned that they avoided social media and was told that 'social media is the worst thing that's happened to western civilisation'. When I asked why, the response was 'because people believe what they read'. This observation led to a discussion on the 'lost art of critical thinking'.
Our politicians and leaders may fall short on critical thinking skills, but journalists and commentators should use critical thinking skills to evaluate policies and the consequences of events, and we the consuming public should also critically examine what we are told. This is different from being critical of a policy, practice or person; it means to subject the information to a degree of impartial analysis to determine if it is valid, reliable, or true.
The domain name for this website is based on an old Greek word ἀλήθεια (aletheia) which has been translated truth, (or veritas in Latin), and is formed from the prefix ἀ meaning not, and lethe λήθ meaning forgetfulness. The concept of not forgetting or remembering what may have been forgotten, that which is true can be turned around to suggest that truth should be unforgettable. We live in an age when social media influencers have millions of followers, fake news distracts us from our present reality and revisionists try to erase records of the past. In this information-rich world we can actually be poor, lacking the truth. Let's try to recover the skills required to find and know truth!