There’s everyday truth and fiction

Just as the world is full of a great variety of people, it is full of a great variety of opinions. While we may all appear to be seeking the same goals, we sure have a multitude of ways and means to achieve them. I may have been guilty of seeming critical of science in past articles, but that has always been only on theories of things like evolution or creation. I believe that most scientists agree with me. If they didn’t they would not call those ideas theories, but laws. Only amateur scientists have been prone to be more completely accepting of these theories as law. There is a difference.

Our basic problem in finding the truth, is that we as individuals are usually more interested in our own personal welfare than in understanding the depth of just what Jesus meant when he said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” That appears to me as a realistic statement whether or not one accepts Jesus as being who Christians believe he was. Isn’t knowing the truth about anything the answer to understanding it? Is there anyone in their right mind, who believes that the answers to life’s problems are in lies and false propaganda based on a search for power? It appears there are, especially among those who believe in themselves more than in anything else. I suppose the basic problem is that some ambitious salesman, or politician, is more interested in making a sale, or getting elected, than in some vague, seeming unrelated truth.

Religious people tend to depend on what many others see as fantastic stories from antiquity, about things that happened a few thousand years ago. In today’s advanced world we have so much more knowledge of things that many take these tales with a grain of salt. There are undeniable truths in the modern world which redefine reality.

Scientists deal only with things in this material world that they can prove as being true regardless of the effect. To their credit science doesn’t mess much with ideas they do not understand, except perhaps to propose a theory of what may or may not be. As such they have taken us far and beyond what any of our ancestors ever dared to dream. Through science, our engineers have built amazing transportation venues that startle the imagination. Our architects build structures that are truly conglomerations of untold, detailed, organization that is dumbfounding to the man on the street. They have been able to do this only through the strict adherence to what is true in the material world.

What we have been learning from this technical expertise, is that there are no such things as accidents in the natural world. Everything that happens naturally is the result of laws, which faithfully control everything. What we call accidents are simply the results of our own ignorance or lack of attention to what we are trying to do. Just as some creatures are killed on the highway because they do not understand the flow of traffic, so we humans suffer many a defeat simply because we are careless, or unknowing of the facts involved.

We may see other people as our enemies, but in truth the enemy is really the false information that one of us has taken to be true. Our salvation is in understanding the truth, and the laws that govern, not just the world, but also ourselves. We treasure our freedom to express ourselves, but give little thought about the fact that we will inevitably suffer, or rejoice, in the results of exercising those convictions.

The entire universe is controlled by fixed, unvarying laws. We live or die by understanding, and acting in accordance with them. Unfailing law is what makes predictability possible, and life free from mayhem. This thought can be hard to take, but without nature’s laws, meaningful life would be impossible. Did these laws just happen to crawl out from a bed of slime? I don’t think so. May God bless America.

Richard Westlund is a Collins resident. Send comments to