The Truth of our Experience
At the present moment, our society, our nation, is engaged in a debate about the meaning of Truth, about the importance of facts. For months now we’ve been hearing people throw around phrases like fake news, and alternative facts. This debate revolves around our understanding of Truth. What comes first, what is more essential, our ideological framework, our worldview, or the facts of our existence as we experience them? Should our experience change our worldview, or should our worldview change our experience of reality? The present example, the source of our new phrase, “alternative facts,” was the size of the crowd at this year’s inauguration. If you are convinced that Donald Trump is leading a historic popular movement with broad based support, you may, like Mr. Trump himself, believe that the crowd was the biggest ever. If the facts, the photos, the official counts, don’t support your belief, then you simply look for alternative facts to support your conclusion. What is true is what you already certain of, and if the facts do not support it, then they must be rejected.
Rev. Andrew Greenhaw
Eternal Student, Christian Minister, Buffalo Wing Enthusiast