The Only Truth Existing

Essay by John Doe12345University, Bachelor'sA+, December 1996

download word file, 4 pages 3.7

Downloaded 126 times

The Only Truth Existing

'We are, then, faced with a quite simple alternative: Either we deny that there is here anything that can be called truth - a choice that would make us deny what we experience most profoundly as our own being; or we must look beyond the realm of our 'natural' experience for a validation of our certainty.'

A famous philosopher, Rene Descartes, once stated, 'I am, [therefore] I exist.' This statement holds the only truth found for certain in our 'natural' experience that, as conscious beings, we exist. Whether we are our own creators, a creation, or the object of evolution, just as long as we believe that we think, we are proved to exist. Thinking about our thoughts is an automatic validation of our self-consciousness. Descartes claims, 'But certainly I should exist, if I were to persuade my self of something.' And so, I should conclude that our existence is a truth, and may be the only truth, that we should find its certainty.

From the 'natural' experiences of our being, we hold beliefs that we find are our personal truths. From these experiences, we have learned to understand life with reason and logic; we have established our idea of reality; and we believe that true perceptions are what we sense and see. But it is our sense of reason and logic, our idea of reality, and our perceptions, that may likely to be very wrong. Subjectiveness, or personal belief, is almost always, liable for self-contradiction. Besides the established truth that we exist, there are no other truths that are certain, for the fact that subjective truth may be easily refuted.

Every person possesses his or her own truth that may be contradicting to another person's belief. A truth, or one that is true for...