Truth regarding issues of god, ideology, right or wrong, good or evil, doesn’t likely exist. Life is a subjective phenomenon, not a rational or objective one. The human species, like all species, exists only because its members are possessed with the will to live—and are genetically endowed with the awareness needed to behave in ways that enable the species to flourish. This awareness is conveyed to our conscious minds through feelings including hunger, love, anger, grief, the inclination to accept, to reject, and even to sacrifice one’s life or to kill, on behalf of the wellbeing of others.
Feelings are expressions of life that enable beings, humans as well as animals, to find pleasure, purpose, and meaning in life, through their relationships with others and with the land that sustains them. All this without ever having to know why we, or even life, exists. Unfortunately, we humans uniquely possess the ability to abstract reality, and thereby lose ourselves in such pointless questions as, “What is life’s purpose?” “Does God exist?” And, “What existed before the beginning of time?” Such truths are pointless, because they have no bearing whatsoever on realizing a happy and meaningful life. In other words, should we discover what existed before the beginning of time (which, I suspect is beyond our ability to comprehend, even if it were demonstrated to us) that knowledge would not change our existence or our relationships with those around us one iota.
As expressions of life on this planet, we find our greatest pleasure in love, which is a subjective phenomenon, not an objective one. And how do we members of a social species know enduring love? The same way humans did for most of the two hundred thousand years our kind has existed—by taking care of the other members of our extended families, and allowing ourselves to be taken care of by them. Love is not based on truths or objectives. Love is based on instinct. It arises from our souls, but only when our relationships are in concert with our species’ needs—which for us members of a social species requires that we socially bond, not pair bond.
Love rewards us with the sense that we belong, that we are needed and valued by others. Were we living in our natural state, a state of love, we would have no need for truth. Like the animals who, because they continue being true to their feelings in their relationships with one another and with the land, have never ceased living in a state of love, we would have no reason to even concern ourselves with truth. Though we take pleasure in believing we are different from the animals, we, like the animals, desire above all else love, not truth.
Love requires that we trust our lives to the human spirit—to the belief that only human emotions light the way, not to religious, legal, ideological, or scientific truth.
Love, being an expression of instinct, can’t be argued with—it either exists or it doesn’t. On the other hand, because truth is an abstraction of reality—doesn’t really exist—arguments regarding it are inevitable and never end.
Love is known only through feelings, and satisfies life. Truth, on the other hand, is revealed exclusively through words used to artificially arrange human lives. As such, truth justifies our denial of feelings, our denial of love, our denial of life. While love satisfies everything, truth satisfies only our illusions, and thus nothing in the end.