Finding Community in the TRUE
Consciousness seeks the True in the bare facts, the description of events without obscurations, making solid connections, understanding relationships between elements of systems and principles of organizations, fathoming one’s authentic feelings, verifying claims, discriminating between reality and illusion, between seeing clearly and self delusion, and in the ultimate reality of oneself.
In consciousness’ search for the True, it entertains doubt and questions beliefs, but is also frequently betrayed and misled by misinformation, dogma, cultural cohesion, customs, habit, and convenient fictions of societal life.
In regard to community, the True presents questions such as:
2) “What veracity is there in the intentions and communications of this or that group, business, corporation, organization, institution, governmental department or agency, media outlet?”
These questions too are with us in all our interactions with others, and how we handle these questions affect our perspective of the Good in terms of how much we value others. The flip side of that is that how much we value or don’t value someone or some group influences our trust in the veracity of their intentions and communications.
So trust has a 2nd person perspective (the Good), which values some person or group for the authenticity and meaning they bring to the table. And trust has a 3rd person perspective (the True), which objectively judges what is presented by that other person or group. The presence of this 2nd person perspective in conjunction with the absence of this 3rd person perspective, we generally call “blind” trust.
We all operate to a degree on blind trust, the compromised truth, or negotiated truth, “truth” we accept with some reservation and hopefulness. Much of modern science is beyond our understanding and a mystery to us, but when we go to the doctor and the doctor prescribes a particular procedure to address a specific illness, we pretty much have to trust that he/she knows what they are talking about. We can ask questions, research it on the internet, but again, since we didn’t conceive of or create the procedure, our knowledge of the veracity of it’s claims is dependent on other sources.
We also send an elected representative whom we voted for off to Congress with a degree of blind trust that he/she is going to represent our needs and wishes in negotiating the legislative process as reflected in the platform of issues he/she ran on. We take the veracity of his/her campaign statements at face value. Alternatively, we may also objectively examine the veracity of his campaign statements based on whatever history he/she has as a public servant or position of influence and compare that to the core values that bring meaning to our lives. But going forward there is still a degree of blind trust that this person is going to act in good faith as our representative in Congress.
The issue of trust is, as we’ve seen above, a dynamic that plays out between the Good (2nd person perspective) and the True (3rd person perspective). Let’s consider next the role of the Beauty in the dynamics of trust.