Chapter 1
Truth Exists

Truth has to do with making a proper distinction between opposing concepts. Is something good or bad? Is it right or wrong? Is it high or low? Is it hot or cold? Does it have a particular quality or not? Is a statement true or false? Did that event, which someone said happened, really happen?

Those types of issues are all issues that involve truth. I think it is impossible for any of us to live a single day without dealing with truth at some level. Whether or not you agree with that last statement is itself an issue of truth. Did you just accept what I said to be true, or did you consider it more deeply? How do we know whether or not something is true?

Whether or not we agree about a particular thing being true is not the point here. The point is that we all regularly deal with whether various things are true or not true.

This quickly brings us to our first self-evident truth:

The existence of truth is self-evident.

Note that this first “self-evident truth” does not merely indicate that truth exists, but that it is “self-evident” that truth exists. The existence of truth does not depend on other reasoning, whether simple or complex. Reasoning itself presumes the existence of truth. I find that the existence of truth is simply self-evident.

For Further Reflection:

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