August 22, 2020

The Spectrum of Truth

Truth is not necessarily a binary measure. Since our perception of the world is ever-changing, truth is subject to change at any moment. Consider the pursuit of knowledge. There are infinite pathways that our minds could follow to seek truth. The process begins with the mind diverging in a radial direction. Then the mind shifts focus inwardly to reach a conclusion. The intermediate zone of proof is incomplete; therefore, the conclusion is far from absolute certainty.

The pursuit of knowledge is an infinite journey with no end-point. All we know is that our current level of understanding exist between the specrum of nullity and absoluteness. Based on the immensity of the universe, we are not far along the spectrum of understanding at all.

Our range of perception is bouded from a lower limit (micro-space) to an uper limit (macro-space). The range steadily increases over time as we uncover more knowledge. We could define science as the set of knowledge existing within these bounds. Therefore, objective truth is only as accurate as the range that defines it.

As we arrive here on earth, our mind is initially empty, in terms of knowledge. As time progresses, our mind converts the unknown world into a known world. Encapsulated within this miniscule sub-set of the universe is a set of knowledge that we use to guide us. Beyond the boundaries of understanding exists the field of creativity, faith, speculation, etc. These fields are necessary to expand our knowledge continually.

As society becomes increasingly complex, the range will expand; however, there is always a limit. Since truth is proportional to our range of understanding, it follows that truth is relative. Instead of seeking an absolute answer, we should strive to expand our understanding while being aware that it is never complete.

Nikola Tesla is one example of a person who used his profound intellect and passion to seek deeper understanding that went against the current state of affairs. Many people thought he was crazy for his ideas and assertions. He took a large leap into the uknown and uncovered new depths of understanding. Because it was so advanced in relation to the current state, it seemed less viable or outlandish. Tesla knew that a possiblity could become a reality.

Possibilities could easily be discarded and forever forgetten. Once a possibility is given a value of true or false with absolute certainty, the potential for growth is lost. Consider the amount of energy invested into building the framework of science as a whole. It was certainly not a fast process. Many years of pondering deeply about a problem condenses into a single session of teaching.

For this reason, we should not put too much faith in quick assuptions. It takes years of patience and dedicated work to convert the unknown into a framework for understanding. There is no limit for the mind to travel; it is unbound. Therefore, there are infinite ways to understand the universe.