True or Not?

True or Not?

What’s true? Buy yourself a ₹5,500 professional lie detector machine. Ask to it, “Are you true blue?” It’ll not give you any satisfactory answer. So what’ll you understand? That useless piece isn’t worth that whopping sum.

That was the most unusual way to start a writing. We humans have a thirst for knowing the truth. At least that’s how I feel. Without that craving, the earliest of humans would not have been able to know how to ignite and tame fire.  That small spark not only removed the darkness of night but also revealed the truth behind several mysteries.

With each new discovery, each new invention, each new reform we aspire to capture the ultimate truth. We hold lofty ideas of Utopia, the brave new world of rationality, free speech and humanism. That land of ideals where everybody gets equal opportunities , equally distributed wealth.

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

With time one should understand those ideals are perfect in conception, but nearly impossible to achieve. Isn’t it ludicrous to distribute all money equally among all. You do the hard work and another gets the same for lazing around?

Life doesn’t comprise a simple binary structure. 0s and 1s can’t make a machine code unless they are mixed in all possible combinations for n times. In a complex world like ours there’s not always a clear distinction between the truth and the falsity. This forms the precise reason for the  introduction of predicate logic to solve problems that are unsolvable by propositional logic. Remember that episode of Mahabharata, where Yuddhisthira was compelled to utter partial truth? When he told Guru Dronacharya, Ashwatthama is dead, he meant an elephant of the same name was dead and not the latter’s son.

Nevertheless, truthfulness should be appreciated. If you are the one not indulging in cheating practices, you are frowned upon. It’s like you are some other worldly creature. There’s a reason why it is said “Honesty is the best policy!”. In a country where ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is the national motto, suffers the most corruption. It has sank so deep into society that we take it for granted and add to the never-ending cycle of give and take. If one person stands out against all odds, there will be ten others to bring him down and a score of brainwashed people to completely silence him. It is important to have some basic moral values. Free intrusion of a VIP is tolerated when standing in a long queue, cheating in exams go unnoticed (read ignored, thus accepted) and despite knowing what’s wrong we continue to do it. I mean seriously we aren’t that rational.

On a lighter note, sarcasm is based on providing untrue descriptions.

The truth is not always fact. Sometimes contrasting facts only confuses us. We tend to believe what connects to us emotionally, resonates with our instinct, or that is associated with a loved one. Truthfulness and honesty surely pays. But it is not always fruitful. Doing useless academic assignments with full honesty kills your time, will-power, which could be used more productively. Pragmatism needs to be exercised but then again taking the easier way out every time will not be beneficial.

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Srinjoy Santra
A master procrastinator; facing problems with focus, organization and socializing. I'm trying my best to bring out the best within me.
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