No not a Jane Austen novel, something I've been thinking long and hard about for a few years now as I get older. It struck me some time ago that
quite possibly there is no real "truth" for every person's truth appears to be totally subjective and, in many cases, based on belief without
To explain further, I'm going to take some subjects that are sensitive or downright ridiculous and see if I can show that we do not have any actual
knowledge of any of these subjects and therefore the "truth" is only based on your own perception or belief. Sounds odd I know
- I have no knowledge that this event happened. I know what I have read, what I have seen online, on tv and newsreports and various other
areas, I have seen photographs, read reports and various theories, yet I do not have any actual knowledge. All I have, is other
knowledge, beliefs, perceptions and theories and all they have is exactly the same...other peoples knowledge beliefs perceptions and theories. Before
you shoot me down in flames, I will explain further. Let's take a witness on the street on that day. He/she knows something has happened, he/she
hears noise, explosion, see fire, dust,smoke, they describe what they see....its brief and to the point...they can only state what they actually saw
(but even that is down to perception). However, over time that brief description becomes longer and more detailed due to the influx of more
information from other people. Initially they describe what they think is an explosion, later they state quite categorically it was a bomb....even
though they have no actual factual knowledge of it being so. Initially they make no mention of planes, later they will state planes are involved. Now
that person will most definitely believe
what they are saying is true and therefore the truth. We humans have a tendency to try and make sense
of everything even based on the minimum of information, the brain and consciousness will still try and piece things together in a "logical" way, to
make order out of chaos.
That witness however, has absolutely no actual knowledge of what happened. They saw bits and pieces of a larger picture, put it together then over the
days months years, developed their own version of the "truth" which they wholeheartedly believe based on other peoples "knowledge". And that's
So the crux of the matter is, even if a person was actually at 9/11, there is no way of knowing the truth. You can only ever see it your way mixed
with your beliefs,emotions and your perceptions and therefore any alleged truth is flawed. The only knowledge of 9/11 that any of us have is what is
given to us by others and that knowledge usually comes from others and from others and from others....ad infinitum. Firefighters will have a different
truth to the witness on the street, the janitor in the basement a different truth from the firefighters etc and each and everyone of them believing it
to be true.
As folk on the ground as it were, we do not have access to such knowledge regarding 9/11 we don't have the facilities funding or power to get such
knowledge first hand, even if we did, could it ever be said that knowledge was actually first hand? After all, someone somewhere had to write it down
or record it for us to find it, so where did that person get it from? How could we ever be sure that the knowledge we found and received was true? And
not doctored by yet another person higher up? How could that person higher up ever know that what he/she was told as truth was actually the truth? We
only ever have what we are told and I believe there are very very few people in the world that know the "truth".
I may be making this overly complicated but what do I know? In fact, what do any of us actually know
another example of complete lack of knowledge but plenty of emotional belief. It could be said that humans are flawed insofar as
whatever we see hear touch feel can be influenced by emotions and of course this is something that has been played on an manipulated by humans since
we were created, for our own ends. Governments, religions, the girl next door all use emotion to get their own way
The death of children is highly emotive and as such, we automatically go into defensive mode when such subjects are tackled. Myself however, I say
again, I have no knowledge of this event except for that which I have been told. But what if I was a parent of a murdered child at the school? What
knowledge would I have in order to make sense of something I believe to be senseless? Well, I arrive after the event, so no knowledge of the actual
event as it happened, I cannot see my child so no knowledge of whether he/she is alive or dead, I see police and fire engines so know something has
happened but I still don't know what. All I have to go on as that parent is what I am told has happened. I do not know
Adam Lanza shot my
child, I do not know
anything other than what other people at that scene tell me. So without witnessing the event I know nothing and have to
rely on others to fill the void of senselessness with information and truths. Someone has posted on another thread that they have seen the graves so
that it did happen. I beg to differ without being offensive, but that is the limit of your knowledge. Seeing graves does not equate
to "it did happen" and it certainly doesn't equate to "it happened exactly as we were told it happened". That persons knowledge is limited only
to seeing the graves (emotional) and to what they have since been told/heard (speculative) and as a result, their minds have done the 2+2 and made
sense of a senseless situation but in reality they have absolutely no true knowledge of the event simply their own belief of what happened.
I see so often on here and elsewhere bold statements such as
"aliens don't exist" or "aliens exist and we are their slaves" but yet these people have absolutely no knowledge, just belief and yet people
spout alleged facts as if they were gospel truths (a paradox in itself!) and get very upset when challenged, not because its not true but because it
challenges their belief system
There is a fantastic thread running at the moment regarding Elvis being alive. Great reading and in places definitely convincing, however, all the
"evidence" or "proof" is based again on other peoples perceptions e.g. "I have seen a photograph with Elvis in the window of Graceland"....they
believe it to be Elvis but they have absolutely no knowledge of it so being. They believe it because it fits in with their belief system. They believe
it because many many others do so it must be true. The person writing the thread has no direct knowledge of the events, each individual concerned with
the event only has their own emotional version of the event. Not one person was actually present at the exact time of Elvis' death so not one person
can factually state with full knowledge what happened.
To sum up, can it really be said that there is ever any new knowledge? Is it ever possible for the man on the street to actually obtain that
knowledge? And is there any actual objective truth? As we understand the word truth?
Its not nice knowing that you actually know nothing!