If there’s one thing, one fundamental assertion I concluded after reading years and years, authors and authors of both western and eastern philosophy is: All philosophy, no matter what school, no matter what chain of thought, starts with faith.
The argument is simple, after asking all the big questions, and trying hard to come to fixated conclusions we can follow and debate upon about the nature of life, truth and being, all philosophical schools and the building blocks in which they are built upon are one way or the other, built in a leap of faith.
The basic problem of philosophy is that although it searches for truth, the methods used by it: the brain, thought, logic (all human creations) are inherently insufficient to understand truth’s very nature.
So no matter the chain of logic you follow, the building block of the very first assertion in which your whole philosophy takes base, will have to be a faith block, not a logical one.
Let's put it with an example.
If you are to arrive at conclusions about anything in this world, to say what is true and what is not. You clearly need to take some time to define first, what truth is.
And there are only two ways of defining truth and the nature of truth.
Truth is a fixated thing. (A human concept)
Truth is an end, an end of argumentation, a definitive conclusion, a definition, a fixated state, an abstract concept with an unalterable state, there's no motion in it anymore, there's no change. It cannot go somewhere, it has an end, it is an end.
Truth is a living thing. (A being)
Truth’s own very nature is evolving. It has no end, it is one thing at one time and one other completely different thing at another point in time. In this sense, truth is not a concept, not a human creation, but a living thing which means it has no fixated state and it is therefore infinite.
The basic limit of philosophy
Humanly, there is simply no way we can know or define with pure logic, thought, and language what the nature of truth is. If it is A or B. A living being or a fixed thing.
So at this step, at this very moment where we arrive at this natural limitation of our human nature, if we’d like to start building our own path, our own working philosophy, we need to switch gears.
So the question changes from What is the nature of truth? which cannot be answered, to What do you believe the nature of truth is?
This is the question, the main first basic question that starts all philosophy.
What do you believe the nature of truth is?
If you are to believe truth is a fixated thing. An end in itself. Then you’re most likely to value and believe in things like fixed destiny, control, identity, security, certainty, prediction (past and future and its relationship) rationalism. Logic is your best ally in trying to cope with this world.
If you are to believe truth is a living thing. Then you’re most likely to value and believe in things like openness, evolution, possibilities, change, flow, adventure, the present moment, spirituality. For you, there are no limits but also no security, all it is both possible and impossible. Intuition is your best ally to cope with this world.
What do I believe the nature of truth is?
I’d like to believe there’s something magical and beyond fixation around our human experience. That there’re endless possibilities and mysteries in this life. Change is our natural state, and we are in an endless chain of transformation.
Truth to me is a living being. Where mystery and magic are therefore also possible.
Truth to me is a living being.
You can call it God.