The truth exists on many levels. The lowest of these levels is simple information and the highest is pure understanding. In between there’s a range of perspectives, further from or closer to the truth, like they were layers on top of each other, starting from the ground level up, trying to approach an unreachable elevation somewhere high up in the sky.
The lesser form of truth is the easiest to acquire, but also the easiest to be deformed, resulting in deception and confusion; intentional or not. That plain information, where we hear or see a bit of data and accept it without further proof or examination, can only be verified to be truthful from a higher level of insight; which can also be divided into merely being informed and having a deeper understanding.
The more we rely on information rather than comprehension (on knowing what, rather than knowing how), the more we leave room for deceit and disinformation to thrive. The closer we get to the truth however, i.e. the more we understand, the harder it becomes for lies to take hold or remain in place.
Focusing on and fighting lies directly therefor never works. It only keeps us stuck in pointless back and forth argumentation that only keeps us down on the lowest levels. The trick is to rise above the pursuit of exposing the lies and seek out the truth by looking for understanding. Next to the fact that it’s a positive orientation, it’s the way for fictions and fabrications to automatically be exposed.
A higher and higher understanding can be gained mostly by observing more and more points of view. Look at the truth as being a sphere, which can be seen from an infinite amount of angles, depending on how infinitely detailed they are. And every viewpoint both holds something different from and something that is the same as another viewpoint. The easy thing to see is the difference, but only by uncovering what’s true in both cases can we go up a step.
Learn to look at different points of view as being examples of the same overarching mechanism. It’s understanding this mechanism, and connecting more and more simple mechanisms into closer to universal laws, that provides the pieces of the puzzle needed to see the big picture that is the total sphere of unchangeable truth.
The truth is still out there. And it always will be. The fact that we can’t see it doesn’t change that fact. But what it does say is that we are blind to it. We are born with unconscious eyes, and in the ideal situation we slowly and gradually open them as life progresses, helped by what we already see collectively. But when we collectively inhabit a level of information rather than understanding, what we see can also keep us blind.
The challenge is to reach a higher level of understanding and wisdom on a shared level by individually setting out to seek the truth. Not by seeking out the lies, but by looking for an integrated perspective based on additional points of view.
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.