Realized I possibly left the wrong impression yesterday in saying I don't much like Truth ... so here's a clarifiation. I have no tolerance for the unquestioning belief and promotion (good natured or otherwise) of seemingTruth that is actually unprovable. That's called coercion and ultimately a power play. Religions can fit in this category. So can political ideology. Establishing public policy based on a theory that humans are viscious & brutish. Or economic policies based on theories about individual self-interest and abstract market principles. None of these are Truths. They're just one version of educated guesses, even if the guessing's been going on for millenia. No problem if folks decide to use these guesses to help shape their own spirituality or build the NY stock exchange, but let's not pretend these are some permanent universal laws that we're so damned fortunate to have finally discovered and thus all will be well the rest of human existence. That's the kind of truth I'm not much into. Plus, when pondering the unanswerable I will always go with a possibility that engenders peace, collaboration, tolerance, sustainability, human rights, and/or joy.
Factual truth is a whole different story. Lying, not paying attention to actualities or research or real results, skewing facts, ignoring what is ... no patience for that. There was no documented or suspected link between Iraq and al-Qaeda prior to our 2003 invasion. Torturous abuse in Abu Ghraib prison was thoroughly investigated, documented, and available early on to then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld despite his lies to Congress (read Seymour Hersh's "The General's Report"). The Jena 6, black high school students in Louisiana, currently face up to 100 years in prison without parole for a fight that occurred after white students hung three nooses from a tree in the school yard. Global temperatures are rising at unprecedented speeds (Visit the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Increases in education correlate strongly with decreases in some social, economic, and environmental ills. Harm reduction strategies around drug addiction & enforcement are less costly and more effective than our current punitive strategies.
These are all just plain ol' facts. We can pay them attention or ignore them, but facts are facts and I'm all for this kind of truth.