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"Convictions are more dangerous enemies than truths than lies" (Nietzsche). If this is true, why is it that man has an insatiable thirst for truth?

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"Convictions are more dangerous enemies than truths than lies" (Nietzsche). If this is true, why is it that man has an insatiable thirst for truth? Could it be that perhaps out own perceptions and opinions are casting shadows on the real validities , or simply that because everyone has a different way of interpreting things, there are an infinite amount of truths to be found.? The real question here is whether personal points of view hinder the search for raw truth or are assets in gaining the most complete forms of deeper understanding. It is our personal perspectives that motivate our innate thirst for knowledge in the first place. Without this disposition to quench out starving opinions, such passionate searches for knowledge and wisdom would never occur. Through examining three types of knowledge: factual knowledge that is considered to be ultimate truth (mathematics and science are often considered part of this group), religion or faith knowledge, and philosophical or contemplative knowledge, one can see the importance of perception as an asset and a creator for the specific knowledge pursuit. Personal perspectives create a never-ending search for truth because it gives every subject an infinite amount of truths; therefore, personal points of view are not only assets in the pursuit of knowledge, but the cause of it itself. Factually, people can perceive things differently and yet agree on a common truth, creating the need to analyze and philosophize about all "factual" evidence. ...read more.

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Idealistically speaking, we don't murder, steal, kill, rape, and we adhere to the laws of monogamy. Religion is then created as a way to make all of these laws we already adhere to as moral the ultimate truth. If our society was one that took part in acts of cannibalism and human sacrifice, the religion spawning from this society would reflect this way of life and dictate it as THE way of life. Thus, any given religion is dependant on the society in which it is created and their perception and perspective on what is moral or true. This perception catalyzed the creation of religion as a set of rules. Basically, all religions just solidified what was already perceived in their society as acceptable in order to justify it on a higher plane. Now, given that in the society we live in presents various different religious approaches, our personal perceptions, experiences, and perspectives catalyze a never ending quest to find truths, but what we fail to realize is that all truth presented in any religion is just a product of the society which created it, ultimate truth is impossible. This leaves each aspect of every religion's truth open to be decided by the personal perception of he who enters its realm. After a religion has been created, all who accept it have faithfully accepted it as the ultimate truth, and generally they try to push it onto everyone who doesn't agree with its precepts. ...read more.

Conclusion

Find the happiest person, or the saddest, or whoever displays the emotion you desire and use them as a guide. Use the extremes or "healthy" people as a guide to what we can't find in ourselves. If left alone, one of these perfect examples or "superior perceivers" can dictate what those who's perceptions are "inferior" will value in due time. So, if you were a superior perceiver compared to me, and we were isolated from each other, the books that you enjoy today, I would eventually enjoy. The amount of time it would take would rest solely on how much better of a perceiver you actually are. We are self-evolving, for we evolve based on what we value, which is dictated by our societies, which we ourselves create. So those who perceive "the best" will in theory write our futures for us. But then, the infinite path continues as it is left up to personal perception who perceives the best. Thus, the never ending search for any interpretation rests on the shoulders of perspective, which can only be found inside of ourselves. The thirst for knowledge is driven from perception, even knowledge about perception itself. Deciding who's perception is accurate depends on your perception of your society and situation which requires analysis of factual thought, religious precepts, and even a philosophical analysis of why you perceive what you do a certain way. All factual truths, religions, and philosophies are given and endless amount of validity and in turn an endless amount of internal truths to the contemplator. ...read more.

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