What is We Want the Truth? That is a very good question. You might as well ask ‘What is Truth’? There are a broad variety of answers to both these questions. In regards to this blog, We Want the Truth is simply an audacious pursuit of truth that will likely go too far, if it hasn’t already. Authors Chris Kennedy, Jacob Cantwell, and Josh Adams search for truth under whatever stone they uncover.

This leads back to the question, what is truth, however. Many of the world’s dictionaries define truth as:

• The actual state of matter
• Conformity with fact or reality
• A verified or indisputable fact or the state of being the case
• Actuality or actual existence
• Constancy, fidelity, reality, validity
• Synonyms include: accuracy, actuality, authenticity, axiom, case, certainty, correctness, dope*, exactitude, exactness, fact, facts, factualism, factuality, factualness, genuineness, gospel truth, gospel, honest truth, infallibility, inside track, legitimacy, maxim, naked truth, nitty-gritty, perfection, picture, plain talk, precision, principle, rectitude, rightness, scoop, score, trueness, truism, truthfulness, unvarnished truth, veracity, verisimilitude, verity, whole story

*Dope is this case does not refer to marijuana or any products or byproducts thereby. This phrase refers to the colloquial use of the word to mean truth.

What we here at We Want the Truth are in search of is just what is defined above. This is a topic that has been searched and pondered the world over by scholars and pursuers of truth throughout the ages. We follow in the footsteps of great minds, some of which are quoted below:

“The truth is beautiful, but the beautiful is not necessarily true.”
– Timothy Ferris

“The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that’s all it needs to be.”
– Richard Bach, Illusions

“Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers. Any machine goes and actually FINDS it and we’re straight out of a job, aren’t we? I mean, what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives you his bleeding phone number the next morning?”
– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Men should die for lies. But the truth is too precious to die for.”
– Terry Pratchett, Small Gods

“It is a fool’s prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.”
– Neil Gaiman, Dream Country

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Mark Twain

“The road to truth is long, and line the entire way with annoying bastards.”
– Alexander Jablokov, “The Place of No Shadows”

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Truth is a simple place reached by many different roads.”
– Patricia A. McKillip, Winter Rose

“Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.”
– Mark Twain

“I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.”
– Richard Nixon, discussing Watergate in 1978

“Facts are stupid things.”
– Ronald Reagan

“The greatest of all pleasures consists in the contemplation of truth.”
– Thomas Aquinas

“Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few.”
– George Berkeley, Siris, par. 368

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.”
– René Descartes, Discours de la Methode

“When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world.”
– Frederick Douglass, in a Speech to the International Council of Women (31 March 1888)

“Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.”
– Isaac Newton, Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae (Certain Philosophical Questions)

“The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.”
– George Santayana, Little Essays (1920) “Ideal Immortality”

“It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.”
– Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

“Tell the truth, then run.”
– Yugoslavian proverb, as quoted in The 2548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2001)

The real question is, can you handle the truth?

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