“Truth?” you ask. “What about it?” Well, truth is a big deal. So much so that you can, as a thought experiment, divide the world into two camps: (A) those who believe in rigid, timeless, objective truths and (B) those who believe that truth varies from person to person and objective truth is a fantasy. And it sometimes seems as though the evening news is just a blow-by-blow retelling of the unceasing conflict between the two.
In this video, philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch walks you through how to start getting at the truth through the idea of shared, common reality. He says,
“Protagoras said that objective truth was an illusion because “man is the measure of all things.” That can seem…liberating, because it allows each of us to discover or make our own truth. But actually, I think it’s a bit of self-serving rationalization disguised as philosophy. It confuses the difficulty of being certain with the impossibility of truth. “
One of the best TED talks I’ve listened to in recent memory.
And now for the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week. Sorry, by the way, for missing last week. Stuff happened.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #65
- Heavy Bar training drill. Get yourself a heavy bar — a digging bar, barbell bar, etc. — and pick it up. Small folks use a #20, big folks use a something heavier. Beginners work for 6 minutes, intermediate 12, advanced 18 — do not put down the bar for the duration of the drill. Move that bar around like you would a staff if you were fighting — spearing movements, jabs, pokes, blocks, bracing maneuvers (striking with the portion between the hands), and so on. In addition, practice your Figure-4 locks. If your arms completely gas, put the bar behind your neck and do 10 to 20 Squats, then start again. Wear gloves if you’re a tenderfoot.
- 24-Hour commitment to truth. Make a commitment to speak the truth for the next 24 hours. The point isn’t to be blunt, rude or hurtful. To avoid that you’re going to need to slow down, choose your words carefully, and express what you’re feeling. Note: this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about truth. If you like this one, you might appreciate the previous one.