In rewriting our About page, I have done a lot of thinking about what truth is. “What is truth?” Pilot asked Jesus. The question has been asked throughout all of history. “Truth is in the eye of the beholder” a common proverb states. I believe there is a basic truth, an ultimate truth that underlies everything. Many times we find ourselves searching for it, but we don’t really want to find it, mostly because we don’t want to hear it or know it.
“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
Do we search for truth in vain then? I hope not. I hope that whatever comes out of this blog can be of some benefit to someone in some manner. Now whether this benefit comes from the humor we present or in the form of actual motivation to search for truth yourselves, that is up to you. Just be warned. Can you handle the truth or do you even want to handle it?
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it’s always reality that’s got it wrong.
This was the gist of the notice. It said “The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.”
This has led to some interesting consequences. For instance, when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists”), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening’s ultragolf.”
― Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Not to dissuade you, but can you stand up to Jack Nicholson and say you want the truth? If so, then let’s get to work!