Do we rely on evolution and truth in the 21st century? To some, it would appear that truth evolves but, actually, truth neither evolves nor is it in a process of becoming. Many philosophers have given their opinion on this problem of truth and it is important to consider what truth actually is. What people gain from truth, and what they may interpret as an evolution of truth, is simply the degree of understanding that they have of it at any point in time in history. It is interesting to note that people learn about truth from others rather than consider what truth actually is.
Everyone has an idea of what truth is as they consider certain ideas applicable to themselves. So they arrive at their own decision as to how much truth these ideas contain. This merely produces an illusion that truth itself is in a constant state or process of becoming. The illusion that truth is changing accounts for the fact that many people accept truth as a relative thing. And this is quite so as truth does depend on the insight of each person who ponders it. Naturally, we all do not have the same insight as we are at different levels of learning and development. In the life of the individual and in the history of the human race truth seemingly has made many changes.
Truth for the modern man is different from what it was for the primitive man. The discoveries of all branches of learning constantly seem to change the truth. However, this is not so if you consider it carefully. Simple ideas held in the mind of primitive man to explain the obvious natural phenomena have been discarded by the discovery of universal laws, which produce a more factual presentation of the phenomena. In ancient times it was believed that the sun moved around the earth, but we now know that this is not the case at all.
That ancient belief was held for longer than the now accepted theory of the earth moving around the sun. Early mankind could only interpret nature’s laws from what he could see. To him, the earth seemed to be a flat plane; the sun seemed to rise up and pass across the sky and then set or disappear beneath the flat earth. This obvious appearance was considered as truth and even though we rejected this conception years ago, we still use the terms rising and setting, in connection with the sun. Just as man’s concept of truth has changed historically, so does it also change in the life of each person.
What is truth for a child is usually not truth for an adult. Many grow up still retaining what they consider to be the truth told to them by their peers, parents, teachers or some religious organization, while other individuals search desperately for the truth of the matter, as they inherently know that what they have been told is not correct. The growth of comprehension, the ability to reason and intuit, regardless of the accumulation of certain factual knowledge, allows a shift in consciousness and subsequently the point of view of the adult. When we look back into our own lives, and we see how our perception has altered, we are tempted to believe that truth itself has altered, but this is not so. Truth does not change; it is our perception of it that changes.
Truth is built on universal law. And universal law is immutable and irrevocable. It is mankind who changes to accommodate it through his own perception of it, and this is where we get the term relative truth., because individuals can only look at this problem of truth from his own point of view. Even if absolute truth were explained to him by a Master, he could do no more than turn it around and evaluate it from his own perspective. Therefore it is really pointless to argue over the problem of truth. What may have looked reasonable before may seem so different from what we accept today that it would appear, on the surface, that we are being concerned with two unrelated things. Actually, the relationship between primitive man and modern man, as between the child and adult, is a clear illustration of the fact that truth itself has not changed, but that only in degrees have we learned something of it.
Truth is inherent in ultimate universal reality and at the present time non-understandable to humanity. Man can only aspire to know the truth. He cannot know absolute truth; he can only know truth that is relative to his present state of development, and this he will use as a yardstick until a fuller truth is found. So truth does not evolve it simply is, according to universal lnaw. It is a constant to which man can evolve as he moves through the centuries. The evolution of man as a physical organism is incomplete, we will soon evolve into a different species; still humanoid, but composed of matter in a different configuration and frequency. We can now accept that an ultimate accomplishment or aim for man lies in the future, and that we do rely on evolution and truth to bring clarity into our lives.