Philisophical Musings

of an agnostic polyamorous heterosexual artistic soul

“There is no one Truth”

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Kees van Beijnum, 1954, is a Dutch writer. This week, in the Trouw newspaper, he shared his thoughts and feelings when it comes to the “Tien Geboden” or Ten Commandments. Amongmany interesting responses, he had this to say about the first commandment, “thou shalt have no other gods before me”:

“Er is niet één geldige opvatting. Er is niet één waarheid, er zijn geen absolute zekerheden. Die kennis geeft vrijheid, de vrijheid om je eigen verhaal te bedenken.”

“There is no one valid assumption. There is no one truth, no absolutes. That knowledge gives freedom, the freedom to express your own story.”

I do truly believe this, and yet, I find that even I have a hard time accepting that what I believe to be true is also simply what I believe to be true, and says very little about what actually might be true. How could any one of us ever have any kind of special revelation of the truth, which then can be passed on to others as “The” truth? This is a certain recipe for  unbalanced division of powers and abuse of peoples inherent freed om to think for themselves.


Written by Philoman

May 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

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