Once upon the earth that God Created were two men who searched for Truth. One man relied on his neighbor who lived in a big house. The other man relied on the Spirit that placed the Rainbow in the sky.
Meanwhile the man who relied on the man in the big house asked. "How do you know God placed the Rainbow in the sky?"
The man who relied on the Spirit of God answered with a question. "Did the man in the big house place the Rainbow in the sky?"
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal in search of Truth September 28, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
THE METHODOLOGY FOR OBTAINING TRUTH
PART 10: CAUSE & EFFECT: THE IMPACT OF EXPERIENCE & OBSERVATION ON MATTERS OF FACT
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
How does one arrive at Truth? Is there an ultimate Truth? Is there a natural order of the earth ordained by God? What is the impact of human reasoning on the senses? Can the cause and effect of historical, political, sociological and economic questions be determined similar to those in applied mathematics? Just how important is experience and observation in determining matters of fact? Are matters of fact Truth?
Truth has waited patiently while FreedomJournal started this discussion with a series of questions. However no matter what questions are asked, Truth realizes that there are some answers. Truth also realizes that one can only answer these questions and arrive at a methodology for obtaining Truth by knowing God.
Truth now begins to speak.
"Is it written brethren that questions are to be answered by statements and not further questions? Actually do questions pose answers to other questions? Therefore can we determine that causes and effects are discoverable? What is the great distinction between things discovered and things invented? Does human reason without experience render cause and effect? Are the senses and the human mind capable of foretelling cause and effect of societal concerns and nature?"
"But Truth what about the different viewpoints regarding things in society? How then do one's personal experiences impact on his conclusions and on cause and effect?"
"FreedomJournal we see that you have been thinking. We are also very grateful to be here at this point in time to share our thoughts with you and our brethren. Therefore, is every effect a distinct result of its cause? If the cause is universal, can the effect also hold true?
Let it be written that in the realm of Social Science it is often agreed that everyone has an opinion. Therefore, the debate is often endless on various subjects. However, despite ethnic groups, station in society and the impact of your personal experiences there is only one effect. Then can there be various causes? Can causes then be interrelated? If this is so can effects then be interrelated and several and not just one?"
"Truth would you now give us some insight on observation and experience in the things you have noted?"
"It is for sure that observation and experience have a great impact on determining Truth. However many cry that Truth as is beauty in the perception of the eye of the beholder. Therefore one can argue that many people embrace a view of the world based on personal experience and observations. This view of the world and its people also encompasses one's ethnic lineage. Thus the underlying premise is that various people view the world differently based on various variables.
Here the classic example is posed regarding the European view of Africa as opposed to the native people and Blacks in the Diaspora. Here we inject the simple terms of right and wrong. We also note good and bad. We further note that the sincere person is not selfish. Although he has not had, certain experiences are has suffered from certain circumstances he should have some knowledge and compassion for those different. Those different are those who have been historically oppressed and exploited.
Thus we argue that although the European Imperialist or Colonial master embraced selfish interests he was not devoid of the tragic results of his policies and his view of the world as it brought havoc on the native people of the land he sought to conquest."
"So Truth you are saying that despite an experience in affluence you should also have some knowledge of those in the Ghetto. Therefore are you saying that many people hide behind their so-called world view?"
"FreedomJournal true, it is no excuse to exploit other people based on race are their station in life. Thus no matter how you view the world your assessment from a Colonial perspective is limited regarding Truth. Therefore the cause and effect of Colonialism include the exploitative position and conclusions but are not exclusive as to Truth. Therefore, Truth is housed in the real reasons for Colonialism. For example how has this doctrine affected the people colonized? Thus, the cause and effect conclusions from the Colonial masters are secondary to those of the exploited."
"Thank you Truth. I realize that we are covering much ground but I know that you will elaborate on many of these points later. Nevertheless, now I would like to pose the question of mathematics. Is mathematics an ultimate Truth? "