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Truth In Fiction – Volume 1

by Jon Pinney on September 29, 2009

As I have read novels throughout my life, I have realized that many of my favorite authors have a keen understanding of reality and truth.  Their stories are woven around the truth as they believe it to be.  In many instances I share their beliefs.

The book I am currently reading has bits of what I consider to be truth littered throughout it’s pages.  It is the sixth book of Terry Goodkind’s “The Sword of Truth” series, entitled Faith of the Fallen.  Following are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

Page 21:

“The only sovereign I can allow to rule me is reason.  The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists; what is, is.  From this irreducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built.  This is the foundation from which life is embraced.

“Reason is a choice.  Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discovering them.  Reason is our only way of grasping reality–it’s our basic tool of survival.  We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see.”

It has always been my belief that truth exists.  Things are the way they are.  There is only one correct answer.

Whether we accept or find the truth is something else entirely.  Just because I do not believe something is true does not mean it is false.  Truth is truth.  It is independent of desire, faith, understanding, acceptance, or pretense.  It is my goal to seek truth where I can find it.

That is why I have always said that true religion and true science are the same.  Religion and science are two different methods of uncovering truth.  In the end, science will prove the truth of true religion.

Page 460 (expands on the first quote):

“The most important rule there is…the only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.

“…It is not only the most important rule, but the simplest.  Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised.  It must be wielded in spite of the ceaseless, howling protests of the wicked.

“Misery, iniquity, and utter destruction lurk in the shadows outside its full light, where half-truths snare the faithful disciples, the deeply feeling believers, the selfless followers.

“Faith and feelings are the warm marrow of evil.  Unlike reason, faith and feelings provide no boundary to limit any delusion, any whim.  They are a virulent poison, giving the numbing illusion of moral sanction to every depravity ever hatched.

“Faith and feelings are the darkness to reason’s light.

“Reason is the very substance of truth itself.  The glory that is life is wholly embraced through reason, through this rule.  In rejecting it, in rejecting reason, one embraces death.”

The only thing I would add to this description is the importance of recognizing that our own reasoning abilities are not perfect.  That is why I believe a merging of our own reason, mixed with our faith and feelings, with inspiration from God, is the only way to find with any certainty truth in this life.

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