The practice of truth

10 Aug

Truth is personal and based on one’s experience. You adopt a truth because it makes sense to you and test it in your life. This means rejecting unverifiable truths handed over to you by experts, scientists, politicians, and other figures of authority, but also popular culture and normative prescriptions. I am again borrowing ideas from Rancourt, who says: “If the science that is of interest to you is not helping you to understand yourself, then what’s the use? What’s the point of it? … What you need to know is how to figure yourself out”. This stance is distabilizing from an elitist perspective because it challenges intellectual privilege and decentralizes power. Truth starts to belong to practice rather than theoretical constructions. Theory must feed into practice in order to be of relevance, and this practice is centered on self-liberation. As a free individual, conscious of your own truths and open to being challenged by new ideas, you become able to associate freely with other individuals who practice similar truths. Truth then becomes a collective practice, constantly being re-asserted, constantly being challenged, constantly being adapted.

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2 Responses to “The practice of truth”

  1. wyroby betonowe August 11, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  2. xdanne August 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I’m afraid I cannot read your blog, sorry!

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