“We have to live today by what truth we can get today
and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.”
— William James
I remember reading many years ago a statement attributed to Confucius. It was, “mind is like parachute–function only when open.” Whomever it came from, matters not. It makes good sense.
In history, it wasn’t but just a few hundred years ago that the majority thought the world was flat and that if we ventured off into the distance on the ocean, we would go off the edge into oblivion. In even less time, we used to laugh at the idea of man flying through the air. Even less time than this was the reality of the affordable personal computer. And now look at us dropping truths like cast away empty seed shells of a truth that is no longer.
William James said it another way: “Truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass, so long as nothing challenges them, just as bank notes pass so long as nobody refuses them.”
I think William James nails it. We accept what we can today, all the while being ready for something that will challenge its validity.
“Truth Is What Works” — William James (For Now. . .)
Spread Some Joy Today–Call someone you’ve been meaning to call and conveniently forgetting. Make their day.