Sunday, October 17, 2004

Vote for Truth

Joe's first observation of natural law

Perception is the only observable fact
Communication requires the recognition of the only observable fact.

This fact is indisputable for Joe. Faith is a perception. Science is a perception. Joe is limited in his capacity to observe reality. Joe must rely upon perception to recognize reality. If Joe were capable of the perfect perception of the truth then Joe would be able to observe more than what Joe knows to be the only observable fact. Since Joe is not capable of perfect perception of the truth then Joe’s first observation of natural law remains true for Joe. Perception is the only observable fact. The fact that the absolute recognition of truth relies upon perception proves the fact that perception is the only observable fact for Joe. Joe is a mortal human being so limited in perception that the only recognizable and indisputable fact is that perception exists. I see therefore I can see, I think therefore I can think.
The word ‘think’ is a perception Joe has and something Joe knows. Joe’s ability to communicate this factual ability to observe and think is limited by Joe’s ability to recognize the limitations of Joe’s perception and the ability to account for the limitations of perception of the person intended to participate in the transfer of knowledge. The capacity for another person to perceive the meaning of what constitutes perception depends upon the other person’s ability to observe the limitations of perception. Communication requires the recognition of the only observable fact. Communication requires that everyone who endeavors to communicate recognize that the only observable fact is perception. If anyone endeavoring to communicate fails to recognize the limitations of perception then the process of communication will include the potential for miscommunication. One person’s perception of fact other than the only observable fact may not be another person’s perception of fact.

Joe’s second observation of natural law

Common perceptions support the verification of additional facts
Communication requires the identification of common perceptions.

Joe may observe that one plus one equals two when he endeavors to feed his children who appear to Joe to number two; one boy and one girl. The boy confirms the verification of mathematical fact as does the girl. The wife also supports this perception of observable fact. We communicate based upon our ability to transfer common perception. Sometimes we fail to communicate when one of us does not recognize our limitations in perception. In order to balance the budget we must all recognize that our perceptions do not always arrive at a common conclusion. We tend to make errors in calculation and compound these errors with errors in judgment. The perception that we are right most of the time leads us to assume that we are right all of the time. We forget the limitations of human perception. We forget that the only observable fact is perception. We forget to suspect the very real possibility that perception fails us in our endeavor to recognize the truth. We not only fail in recognizing the truth we add to that error the additional error of believing we are right when we are wrong. Not only do we make the mistake of making an error in calculation we add to that error an error in judgment. We perceive something false to be real and then we act upon that error. We observe incorrectly, we communicate this error as fact. Personal error is not checked for verification with others, instead personal error is compounded with miscommunication. The limitations of perception are not recognized by one person and the ability to check for verification with another person is rendered ineffective by the first error.

Joe's third observation of natural law

The Truth is constructive
Lies are destructive

Does it confuse anyone to observe that politicians lie? What is the purpose of politics? How can one person manage to exploit another person if the process is constrained within the boundaries of truth?
If a criminal plans to invade your house to rob, kill, rape, kidnap, enslave, and to exploit as much as possible; would it be wise for the criminal to give you a call in advance to set up an appointment? The criminal may want to know how much money is available, he may request that all savings are to be cashed in advance, he may want to know the ages of the women and their appearance, he may even want to know if anyone is going to resist. The obvious answer is that the truth does not serve the purpose of exploitation. The criminal is much better served to avoid detection by any means. The truth is a tool. The truth arms people against destructive intent. The truth allows people to know what threatens them. The truth can inspire people to act in a manner that ensures survival.