Verity Paradox?

Verity…

A truth…  a principle of life that is of fundamental importance…  the foundations on which I base my life…  the rocks on which I build.  

Paradox…

The ultimate truth…  a universal truth…  what is not supposed to be, yet is…   what I get when I’m expecting something else…  the persistent manifestation of a principle I would prefer to ignore.

Life is found within paradox.  It is where I can find ultimate truth.  Where the arrogance of my certainty meets the humility of my doubt.

Skepticism and Doubt

The skeptic doubts one set of propositions because he believes another.  None of us live with absolute, unassailable certainly about anything; we all live by faith.  What someone thinks or feels absolutely certain of is really relative certainty.  It’s certainty based on faith that they are right.  The fact that they are certain is proof that they possess great faith. Likewise, one who doubts yet believes also demonstrates that some degree of faith is inescapable and runs through all that we claim to know.

Albert Einstein once said that there is no knowing without believing.

As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The supreme task of the physicist is the search for those highly universal laws from which a picture of the world can be obtained by pure deduction.  There is no logical path leading to these laws.  They are only to be reached by intuition, based upon something like an intellectual love.

The mechanics of discovery are neither logical nor intellectual.  It’s a sudden illumination, almost a rapture.  Later, to be sure, intelligence and analysis and experiment confirm (or invalidate) the intuition.  But initially there is a great leap of the imagination.

— Albert Einstein 

Faith defined simply 

Faith isn’t something you either have or don’t have, but something that ebbs and flows in the life and soul of every individual.  Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith.  It’s an element of faith.  Where there is absolute certainty, there can be no room for faith.

Understanding “Truth”

Like every human being, I’ve tried to make sense of things.  I’m not sure I succeeded.  I’m not sure anyone can.

Isaac Newton thought the universe functioned like clockwork, a well-oiled machine.  That’s a comforting vision — neat, orderly, predictable.  Unfortunately, it’s a vision that’s pretty much been shot to pieces by relativity, quantum mechanics, and the other bugaboos of twentieth century physics.

The universe is weird!  We break our teeth developing theories, equations, systems.  And where does it all leave us?  “A system is like the tail of truth, but truth is like a lizard.  It leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away, knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.”*

* Chunovic, Chris-In-The-Morning

— Chris Stevens, CBS Television Show Northern Lights