TRUTH AND PEACE
Truth is basic in any person's or institution's basic beliefs, foundation or ethic. Since the time
Pilate asked that renowned question 'what is truth?', many thinkers have come up with all
manner of philosophical arguments in a bid to define truth. Can truth be defined?
Anything that is definable has a base or reference. Let us illustrate. Whenever we look at an
event or incident or listen to someone give a talk or whenever we have a date with someone or a
job interview, there are many things that go into play in our look at truth. First, we look at what
we know for a fact to be what it is and why or how it is the way it. Then we look at what our
date or interviewer says and compare that with what we know or believe in. If what the other
party says differs from what we know to be truly factual or in agreement with our basic and
well-founded beliefs, then we make a decision and that is that what we are confronted with is
not true. If the converse is the case then we are in agreement.
What the above means is that we look at issues in relation to what we know to be true. What if
what we know is in itself erroneous? That is where the problem lies. Essentially also, people tell
non-truths because they know you know nothing about them and what they are confronted
with and so you have no plane of reference to detect the falsehood. Because of this problem,
some technologies have come up in the past to solve the puzzle e.g. lie detector. We may not be
able to tell whether such a device or any other works well. What is important is the issues which
make people tell lies more especially about others (if it is negative) or about themselves (positive
things) so as to gain an unfair advantage over others and hence deliberately disadvantage others!
Why do we say this? Well, because this leads to problems and confrontations that disturb
harmony and peace. It is so much easier sorting out problems when the truth is known. It may
not be possible to say why people get involved with non-truths but it is enough to indicate, they
do that for selfish reasons.
For sustainable peace in society truth is important, however bitter it is. It is easier to make
amends after saying the truth. That is what is right, to tell the truth always. That is indeed what
is ethical. Indeed that is what leads to sustainable peace anywhere..at home, at work, in church,
in public and private. And that is in line with Christ's teachings. That is what every individual,
however high or low in society, needs to do always The truth sets us free. Then we have peace
within ourselves and with others in society. Never hide an injustice done to another or do an
injustice to him and hide it. Never say things to gain an advantage. That is unethical and it does
not augur well for harmony and peace. Truth is in line with the golden rule.
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