My personal philosophy is ‘Follow Ideas, Not Leaders’ I will extrapolate upon that because I think that it is fundamental to the attainment of real knowledge. Not just real knowledge in one area of existence. I know some very smart people (one genius) in their particular field; some in a few fields, but knowledge of the core level of existence, the truth that sits beneath all other truths, is rare to non-existent.
The ‘follow ideas’ part means to follow ideas that conform to logic and reason and that are wholly compatible, and can be smoothly integrated, with other ideas. In that manner they become truths. Not just any old ideas that happen to take your fancy because they feel or sound nice. The essence of life is the attainment of truth, not just a montage of random, ‘feel good’ ideas.
Beginning right at the beginning, prior to being able to find truth in general, one needs to know the truth about oneself. What are your core beliefs? What, for you, is right and wrong with regard to your own behaviour? Never mind about what the law states, or condemning the wrongs of others. Truth begins with you. Once you understand the truth of yourself, then your willingness, maybe inclination, to point the finger and condemn others will cease. Pointing out the faults of others, does not, in any way, make you a better person.
When you understand your own code of ethics, then you must adhere to it; at all times. For that is your integrity. Violate that and you commit an act of self-harm on the spiritual level. Once your own integrity is in place, then, and only then, can you begin the search for broader truths. Lacking integrity, untruth resonates outward from your own existence and you will never be able to find anything except that which accords with your own, self-imposed, lies.
Once one has begun to accumulate truths, at first seemingly random and fragmented (but still valid), then one seeks to add to those truths or, most importantly, to modify or abandon those truths as greater truths emerge. One must never cling to a truth because it is your truth. No truth is important unless it can stand the light of scrutiny in all situations. If two truths contradict, then only a rigorous examination should determine what is the real truth.
As your understanding of truth evolves, then be prepared to modify your own integrity. It must always conform to truth. If your truth has evolved, and hopefully it does, then circle back and ensure that your integrity is still intact.
Do not hang onto truths that are past their use-by date. The best truth is the superior truth. A truth that is discovered to be flawed must be abandoned immediately – and easily. A truth is only valuable because it is the truth, not because it wins you popularity or prestige. Truth is never popular because it always disturbs the prevailing narratives and make people uncomfortable. Most people are not, and will never be, interested in the truth. Do not imagine for one moment that discovery of truths is going to make you popular. It simply won’t and that is a truth.
The truth is the most important thing in the universe. Popularity is comforting, but it is far down the list of what is really important. That does not mean that you should relish unpopularity, but it does mean that you should never compromise your own reality, your own truth, to achieve it.
Do not bother searching for truths in the media, whether newspaper, radio or television. No truth exists there as it is not their job to expose truth. Their job is the dissembling and discussion of the narratives that govern our societies. At this moment, our societies are quite batty and so, consequently, are the narratives. There is literally zero truth to be found in what is known as the ‘mainstream media’. The ‘alternative’ media is little better, and oft times worse.
Do not bother searching for truths in schools and universities. They exist to strengthen the narratives and are staffed by those wholly wedded to the narratives. Political divides are merely different perspectives on the wrong narratives.
Do not bother searching for the truths in the sciences. They too have been co-opted to support the narratives. It is not possible to forge a career in any of the sciences by searching for truth. Success in science is attained only by a new discovery that supports the existing narratives.
Truth is hidden; worse, it is frowned upon. Why? Because it disturbs the narratives that keep our current systems of governance in place. Those that believe in the narratives, dominate all positions of influence within our societies. Were that not so, then they would de-select themselves and move on to something more worthwhile. Occasionally, one of the people with a truth in one area will enter the system in order to attempt to straighten out that area. That is worthwhile, but ultimately, though they do not know it, their one truth infringes upon the whole truth. In other words, they fail, far more often than not, because they are unknowingly disturbing more than just the areas that they are attempting to influence.
It is not that truth is known and deliberately hidden. It is that because the narrative is so strong, people are completely and utterly divorced from the truth. It is hidden by ignorance, not intent. To those complacently immersed in the narratives, truths can be extremely scary. Not just because of the fear of social isolation, but because truths require one to think. In an age when people are governed by emotions, that is difficult verging on impossible for most.
Even with highly intelligent people, they tend to evaluate that intelligence in terms of how good their understanding of the narratives are. Being the smartest ignoramus is a low-threshold of ambition.
So, where does the search begin? As explained above, it begins with your truth – your integrity. That is the indispensable foundation, without which you can never find truth. You may stumble upon it by chance, but you will not recognise it. Find integrity, adhere to it, and your journey to universal truth has begun.
There exists a truth to be discovered that underpins all truth and explains, wholly, our universe – where we came from, and why and how, and how our material universe was constructed. And how it can be undone, with the consequent end of energy, space, matter and time.
But you must begin with integrity, and a love of truthful understanding.