Why some truth is irrelevant

I am certainly not against people seeking the truth, but I have learned that something being proven true still does not make it relevant.

For example, I once saw a magazine cover that was advertising “Jeans that make your butt look good”. I do not care whether the claim is true or false. This is completely irrelevant to my life because my butt is behind me where I cannot see it without the help of a mirror.

Imagine a situation where someone I know claims that a voice told them that I would die in seven days. If they can tell me exactly what is going to kill me, then at least I could take precautions to avoid that. But a more important question is: Why didn’t the voice say it directly to me? I would think the claim was false, but it is still relevant. It is relevant because if after eight days, I am still alive, then I can tell them that the voice they heard was wrong.

The main message is that truth or falseness of any statement is sometimes irrelevant. If it is irrelevant, then I care nothing about its truth. If it is relevant, then I would work toward finding evidence for its truth.

Why honesty is relevant

If I had to pick one thing that is the most relevant to me, it would be honesty. The ability to tell the truth about myself is relevant. I cannot claim to know the truth about everything. I may be wrong about some things I have written. Maybe some things are more relevant that I am aware of. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know what I am talking about most of the time. The reason I am more honest than most is because I lack the ability to know what people want to hear. Without this ability, I am incapable of lying. This can get me into trouble. I have learned that the truth must only be spoken when it is relevant. It can be a great challenge to know who I can talk to about what.

When I am writing, it is a different story. People can choose whether they read what I write. I hope that by the time I die, there will be no question about me left unanswered. I also hope that other people are as honest with me as I am with them. If in the future, I learn that am wrong about something, I will do my best to update my books and blog.

Why some of the bible is irrelevant

My problems with the bible do not stem only from the contradictions and atrocities. There are a few things that are just plain irrelevant! First of all, the bible is not one book but a whole group of books. To claim to know the authors of all these books or that all of them are relevant to each other is ignorance. To explain clearly what I mean, I just want to give some basic examples.

Matthew 1:1-17 describes the “genealogy of Jesus Christ”. It goes from Abraham to Joseph, the husband of Mary. The trouble is that the “Holy Spirit” is the father of Jesus and Joseph is not. The genealogy as given is irrelevant.

Song of Songs seems entirely irrelevant to everything else included in the bible. I made the mistake of reading it and assuming that I would learn something about God. What I found instead was about animals, fruit, and the belly, breasts, and neck of some woman who has been dead thousands of years before I was born. I am not interested.

Genesis 38:8-10 briefly tells that the LORD put Onan to death for not impregnating his dead brothers wife. It is rather irrelevant to me because I have no plans to do sex with my brother’s wife whether he is dead or alive. If that makes me evil then forgive me.

The problem is not determining whether these events are true or false. It is the fact that I cannot use them in my life. That makes them irrelevant.

Does Truth Matter?

Does Truth Matter?

As a person who thinks about everything, I am often isolated and left to think on my own. I suppose a side effect of this is that I am quite ignorant of what it is other people are thinking about(if they are indeed thinking at all). I do not want to make any strong statements right now because I KNOW I am confused. However, I find it quite helpful to share my thoughts about things on my blog and videos. Not because I am trying to convince people to believe, think, or behave the same way I do, but because I am actually interested in other people. This is something entirely new to me because I have mostly been a selfish jerk.

I cannot exactly explain why I suddenly have an interest in reading or listening to other people talk, but I do have one theory. In my thoughts about death and the afterlife, I had been seriously considering what future I could choose for myself if I had the power to choose. After much thought, I realized that I had no desire to live forever. I would much prefer non-existence over any type of heaven or hell that I’ve ever heard described. The main reason being that since I am not exactly a social creature, the idea of being around other people FOREVER scares me to no end. I just don’t think I have the capacity for eternal life. It’s not that I reject the possibility of an afterlife but I don’t think it’s what works for me.

Not that I actually get a choice as far as I know, but it is fun to think about. Just imagining that I would cease to exist somehow makes life easier to deal with. I can be a lot more patient with people as long as I know that my interaction with them is temporary. A temporary life is a lot like a video game. You can get enjoyment out of a single video game for many years, but eventually there comes a time when you have tried just about everything and would gladly pass it on to someone else who can experience it for the first time. I am perfectly fine with knowing a game or movie has an end. I have no evidence to back up a belief in this form of death where one actually stays dead. It’s just a nice thought which I learned about by reading what atheists have to say on the subject.

But more importantly, my current belief I have is that the truth is highly unlikely to change. For example, if God exists, then he wouldn’t stop existing just because I stopped believing he existed. It’s kind of like the way that some people who have known me my whole life are now ignoring me as if I didn’t exist, but I am still here.

While I am searching for the truth about the questions I have, I try not to be overly concerned about it because obviously, in time the truth will be revealed. Why it can’t happen now is totally beyond my understanding. Maybe, at this time, I cannot accept the truth, but the day may come when that changes.

However, I am not saying that it doesn’t matter at all what people believe. Obviously, when people believe a lie, they do things which are a complete waste of time or money. For example, if they think that buying flowers and placing them on the grave of a dead person will actually make a difference to that person, then they have completely thrown away money that may be used to prevent the death of another.

So I am convinced that learning the truth is better for the world as a whole even if it offers no comfort to the individual who is looking for it. I am impressed with people who do not limit what they listen to or read.