The Attack on Truth and Reality

Truth is the articulation of reality. Those who speak truth are in harmony with reality and those who do not speak truth are resistant or opposed to reality.

When the president’s press secretary asserts that the inauguration crowd was the largest in history, despite the tangible and visible evidence quite to the contrary, it means he sees reality as an opponent. Like the dictator he represents, he believes that reality is supposed to be whatever the tyrant says it is.

This is parallel to Nixon’s famous dictum, “If the president does something, that means it is legal.” Whether the president believes reality is whatever he declares it to be or legality is whatever he does, in either case the root cause is an immeasurable hubris. And the old Greeks knew that hubris is a person’s greatest strength and greatest weakness. Benjamin Franklin expressed the Greek insight very simply: Pride goes before a fall.

The other side of the coin, as we see whenever Trump or his spokespersons talk about the press, is when the tyrant accuses the truth-tellers of being liars. This is an atrocious reversal of truth and reality.

Those who oppose and resist reality are enemies of God, the Lord of all reality.

 

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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