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Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

There is a belief that is endemic in the human race to every individual. It is that the truth we believe is the real truth. And when faced with contrary evidence we ignore it, slander it, or when all else fails compromise with it. As far my part, I see the truth similarly to the Kurosawa film Rashomon. There are as many truths as there are prisms through which to view an experience. Which isn’t to say all truths are equal. They aren’t. When examining any issue I look at the evidence being given, the logic and the history.

Take, for instance, the article Obscurica wrote. Well researched, multiple sources, has built a history of fairly reliable work, and parts of it were reported earlier by Richard Lewis. He is another person who has done his research, got sources and built a history of legitimacy in his work. That two independent journalists came to the same conclusions years apart with other multiple factors gives this report credence.

But in Richard Lewis’ case, people continue to slander him despite evidence in the contrary for all of the drama that has surrounded him in the past years. And when faced with the evidence, they still ignore it or slander him instead. Next time, when you read someone speaking about the truth, think about if he’s telling the truth or his truth. Think on this parable by Nasruddin.

“Laws as such do not make people better,” said Mulla Nasrudin to the King; “they must practice certain things, in order to become attuned to inner truth. This form of truth resembles apparent truth only slightly.”

The King decided that he could, and would, make people observe the truth. He could make them practice truthfulness.

His city was entered by a bridge. On this he built a gallows. The following day, when the gates were opened at dawn, the Captain of the Guard was stationed with a squad of troops to examine all who entered.

An announcement was made: “Everyone will be questioned. If he tells the truth, he will be allowed to enter. If he lies, he will be hanged.”

Nasrudin stepped forward.

“Where are you going?”

“I am on my way,” said Nasrudin slowly, “to be hanged.”

“We don’t believe you!”

“Very well, if I have told a lie, hang me!”

“But if we hang you for lying, we will have made what you said come true!”

“That’s right: now you know what truth is – YOUR truth!”


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