Few humans are truth-seekers. Instead of actively seeking truths, the vast majority of the human population simply let societal trends, conventional wisdom, authoritative figures, and the mass media shape and to some extent control their behavior, opinions, and beliefs. This is worrying, seeing as it significantly impedes human progress and has widespread, negative implications for pretty much everything that goes on here on this planet.
Truth seekers don’t let public opinion, which is like the wind, in that it changes direction all the time, control their thoughts or actions
The opinion of the public is like the wind in that it changes direction all the time. One day, low-carb dieting is all the rage, the next day, veganism is what’s hot, and the day after that, people all over the world are jumping on a new diet that’s gaining mainstream attention. And on and on it goes.
Truth-seekers are not immune to these fluctuations; however, they don’t let them control their behavior or beliefs. Instead of constantly jumping on new trends, doing what’s “hot” at the moment, seeking money or fame, and/or behaving in a manner that conforms to societal norms, truth-seekers seek truths. The first objective of the truth-seeker is always to locate organizing principles and theories that can guide him on his truth quest and help him make sense of the world and the things he observes and finds on his travels.
In their quest for truth, truth-seekers generally meet many obstacles, often in the form of dogmatic, non-scientific beliefs, close-minded people, peer pressure, and unproven conventional wisdom that is firmly ingrained into the public’s mind. Only the truest of truth-seekers are able to overcome these obstacles and stay on the path of truth. Truth-seekers don’t let their feelings get the better of them or believe in something simply because people tell them it’s the truth, but rather build their belief system on high-quality evidence.
Great truth seekers think outside the box and recognize that conventional wisdom isn’t always correct and that many of the beliefs that are a part of the foundational structure upon which our society was built are flawed. They think twice before they believe in something that society tells them is true. They recognize that they are a rare breed, but strive to remain open-minded, humble, and kind to people around them nonetheless. They don’t think too highly of themselves, in large part because they recognize that the reason why they are seeking truths, while most other people aren’t, is not that they are greatly elevated beyond other humans, but rather that most people have never gone through the type of traumatic event or experience that is typically required to nudge one onto the path of truth. Moreover, they recognize that that evolution doesn’t build truth-seekers, but rather biological systems that are programmed for survival and reproduction; that the human brain is prone to hijacking by modern technology, in particular social media; and that our society, including large parts of our educational system, doesn’t encourage truth-seeking, but rather obedience and rule conformation. This hinders many from entering the path of truth. All truth-seekers have likely gone through a lengthy phase of trial and error before they had their feet firmly planted on the path of truth.
A true truth-seeker accepts inconvenient truths
One of the main reasons why few humans are truth-seekers is that a lot of people prefer to create their own truths, as opposed to locating real ones. It requires much less effort to create an ideology that conforms to one’s preferences and is easy to adhere to than to construct and adhere to an ideology composed of real truths. Most people choose the comfortable path, over the more strenuous one, despite the fact that the latter part often brings greater reward in the end.
A true truth-seeker doesn’t have a predefined goal as to what type of information he wants to find. He’s weary of the trap of cherry-picking information that shows what one wants to be true, as opposed to what is actually true. He has an open mind and doesn’t neglect or overlook information simply because it goes against what he prefers to be true or what he’s heard from others is true. He accepts real truths, regardless of whether they are inconvenient or not and doesn’t steer clear of unpopular and/or ridiculed truths.
I strive to be a truth-seeker. I don’t claim that I don’t let public opinions and trends affect me at all or that I’ve always managed to stay true to the truth; however, over the years, I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes and hone my truth-seeking skills.
Are you a truth-seeker? If not, do you want to become one?