I have been asked what model, what belief system, I use to process and interpret the world. What spiritual, mental and emotional matrix do I utilize to filter all the information I process to then turn around and not only derive meaning from it, but also project what will happen in the future. As we all know, a test of the truth of a model or a system is how well it jives with reality, and how accurately does it forecast the future. Does it also work in different times of history and in different cultures? And, of course, truth, if it is to be truth, has to be separate from us and does not change. When it comes to truth, it does not matter if we know it, like it, agree with it, or how we feel about it. Truth just is. It stands on its own and alone.
Truth does not come easily for mankind, as mankind is programmed in his standard life-controlling subconscious from an early age into a biased and limited culture and language that is constantly reinforced throughout most of his life by family, peers, education, media, entertainment and the economic/political/social environment. So, it is not easy for mankind to escape, as Jesus put it, the “traditions of men”. These traditions form our psychological comfort zone and build a sturdy thorny hedge that inhibits us from reaching or even seeking fundamental truth, always a painful bubble-pricking process. Indeed, it could be argued that unless and until one lives outside of the culture and language in which one was reared for a meaningful period of time, one cannot even begin to escape one’s restrictive language and cultural bubble, much less penetrate the thorny hedge of truth. How can one see and perceive outside of one’s bubble if one has never really been meaningfully outside of it?