Archdiocese of Mobile

Our confused culture doesn’t know if there is truth

I am sitting in a room near the beach as I attend the ACYC, which is the Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Conference. I was asked to do a talk for one of the breakout sessions. They asked me to speak about truth.

Our culture is very confused. What is truth is not really the question anymore. Rather, we don’t know if there is even truth at all. We tend to think that I have my truth and you have your truth. In this sort of world there is no such thing as truth. We each have our own. As a consequence a couple of things happen. First, we don’t really seek the truth because we are convinced that there isn’t one. How many of you would go about looking in the bushes outside of your home for money? I would assume that none of you would. Why? Because you would rightly presume that no such would be found. Conversely, if I told you that I hid a lot of $100 bills in those bushes you would go and search diligently. (We don’t look for eggs scattered about on most days, but on Easter Sunday we do). Once someone is convinced that there is a truth to be found, they will probably look for it.

Second, we get very insulted when someone disagrees with us, because we think they are attacking us personally. I mean, who are you to tell me that MY truth is not valid. As a culture we have lost the ability to discuss ideas and search for truth by debating with each other. This healthy exchange of ideas has been replaced by being insulted by anyone who disagrees with me and assuming that they are attacking me personally, instead of disagreeing with one of my ideas.

Over the next several issues I am going to discuss truth and make some distinctions that I think will help.

— Pat Arensberg is the Director of the Office for Evangelization and Family Life. Email him at parensberg@mobarch.org

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