I came across this cartoon today:
I wondered if this is how we ought to go about things. I also wondered whether there are some things that are true that show believing in certain untrue things has a certain value.
For example, when I took a grad course called “Lies and Self-Deception,” we learned that having a certain amount of religiousity or spirituality leads to a longer, healthier, happier life. That doesn’t mean there is a God. That means one’s belief in a God and certain practices, such as prayer, are conducive to a longer, healthier, happier life. Should we banish a belief in God even though this belief and associated practices help create a better life?
It turns out that truth is not so simple.
Personally, I like to take a positive approach where truth is a builder of new ideas–a creator, not a destroyer.
Are there myths, narratives and constructs that need to be banished by truth? Absolutely.
Likewise, there are new concepts, new ideas we could probably use, too.
So, should we think of truth as a destroyer? Probably not. At least, not merely so.