Truth and Love … and compassion, respect, justice, freedom, ethics and law
Truth is about justice
If the entire truth of all parties involved is known, not just the stories they would come up with but what they really think was the truth, and as such a complete image of circumstances has been reviewed, half of the task of justice is done (in reality this is closer to 99%). The task of a jury is exactly that: finding truth. In smaller cases a judge is entitled to do the same thing.
Most often the remaining task of justice consists of interpreting the law in respect of the discerned truth and the values of the society, and then applying that interpretation.
In the triangle Truth / Law / Justice, Truth is the most important. Law differs depending on society and Justice depends both on Truth and Law. Justice serves both Truth and Law.
If we see law as a system of values, which it is, do those values serve the Truth?
Not necessarily. They serve society and society alone. But since my society values Truth, and the law has to serve the value system of my society, in our western societies, parts of the law serve truth.
Truth is about freedom
If you know what is true, there is no more need to ponder truth. You will be relieved from worry, an endless and often circular way of thinking with a fear of loss in the background. Being free of worry, means having lots of free time.
When you know the complete picture of truth, you don’t have to take into account alternative possibilities and as such creating a minefield of conditions for acting or unacting. Even if the reality you are in has several ways of solving any problem, you will never select a wrong method to tackle this problem. If there is no solution, then knowing the truth, you won’t waste time here either.
If there is truth, then respect will also be respected. If there have been victims due to a given incident or accident, the knowledge of truth is a last respect one can offer to the victims.
Truth is one thing, values and ethics are the other half of the story. Values and ethics differ depending on what levels a moral majority is found in a society. That question belongs to another post.
What about Truth, absolute truth?
We are left with truth. But nobody knows about Truth. Truth is unfortunately relative depending on perspective, and absolute truth is omniscient or divine and most probably unreachable.
Truth and Love
Telling the truth cannot come out of Fear. It is fear for punishment and fear for revenge, even fear for harsh words and certainly fear for being excluded that makes people tell lies.
Telling the truth is thus an act of kindness, an act of compassion, and ultimately an act of love. If there is a fear that the other side cannot handle the truth, fear for reaction creates yet an other lie.
Truth is not always appreciated, certainly not in a society based on fear like a dictatorial regime, and even in the not dictatorial systems, most positions of power are often unhappy with criticism.
However, any kind of truthful and politely expressed criticism has a potential for improvement, is an act to make you aware of a better kind of you, is an act of compassion and thus love.
Love and Truth
Somehow, I think that love/compassion is serving Truth even when ignorant about it. Compassion and Love are strong values, needed in justice and needed in a law. I cannot think of an ethical system that is not based on compassion.
If the law is compassionate, truth will emerge more easy. There will be less fear of telling the truth.
So compassion/love can be seen as a necessary condition for truth.
Without correct truth there is no justice, no freedom and no respect, ultimately no compassion and no love.
But since we will never attain absolute truth, we are left with incorrect justice, limited freedom and incorrectly based respect. (relative freedom and relative respect are not always friends so we invented justice) This limited truth yields limited love and hard opposing opinions. Without respect for each others limited truth there is no more compassion for each other, no more kindness, no more love.
What to do?
Just do what liberates others from suffering (compassion) and what makes them (on a high level) happy (love). We have no other choice. We are too ignorant to do anything else.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stand up for truth and ‘combat’ anti-love and anti-compassion. A peaceful demonstration is often an act of compassion. A demonstration is often a message of truth, sometimes a limited truth, often a big one.
Truth is the first drive that moves us to take action, to take part in a demonstration.
Passion is your inner drive, Compassion is your inner drive to serve everyone, everything and all and certainly Truth.