“…TRUTH, for most people, is a secondary consideration.” Bertrand Russell
This was an easier graphic to grab than the one I preferred, but I can’t make a stationary image produce the same effect as an animated GIF in motion.
On this first day of the year that we all hope is far better than the one left behind, I saw a planetary GIF reminder of what a TRUE year in the normal life of earth is as it travels through space spiral-orbiting an ever-in-motion sun that itself spirals through the Milky Way Galaxy. The Resonance Science post said simply “Happy Helix Day” while showing all planets spiraling in helix formation around a large in-motion sun.
And I got it—a perspective shift—a TRUTH that we rarely consider, but that is as incomprehensible to most of us as a dog with six legs or a politician without a personal agenda. Our lives don’t follow straight lines to the future—we spiral through our timelines.
And yet, …that ever-spiraling motion of the sun and all those spiral-orbiting planets around it is very much a daily TRUTH that we often ignore because it makes your head hurt to think about all those laws of physics and planetary motion and galaxy evolution in general.
Too much information! And yet it is TRUTH.
But back to the real importance of Russell’s quote being here:
“The first thing to realize, if you wish to become a philosopher, is that most people go through life with a whole world of beliefs that have no sort of rational justification, and that one man’s world of beliefs is apt to be incompatible with another man’s, so that they cannot both be right. People’s opinions are mainly designed to make them feel comfortable; TRUTH, for most people is a secondary consideration.” ― Bertrand Russell, “The Art of Philosophizing and other Essays” (1942)
To repeat: “…People’s opinions are mainly designed to make them feel comfortable; truth, for most people is a secondary consideration.”
And this is how we spend most of our days: throwing opinions at each other with little need for fact. Fact, for most of us, is often dependent on what we BELIEVE (the context through which we view our world); and that BELIEF is not necessarily dependent on TRUTH, but is something more akin to what we WISH were truth for us.
I mention this here because people have to learn to be more comfortable with the importance of TRUTH over BELIEFS if we are ever going to get along with each other in this world, because TRUTH is the only thing we ALL have in common if we are simply open-minded enough to recognize it.