How to determine what the truth is

Wills, and forces of will, and willednesses rule the universe, not impersonal forces and conglomerations of matter and scientific theories. 

Clever people place their faith in the impersonal over the personal, the reality of matter and the collective over the reality of the personal will, because matter and the collective and impersonal seem to be more lasting and fixed. The common belief is to just assume the personal, to not care to move beyond the level of ego or psyche, and so the clever person truly believes in the impersonal, because the common way of thinking is definitely wrong.

But there is no definitive logical reason to prize the impersonal over personal knowledge, except that the impersonal is more lasting. Science doesn’t explicitly call its dogma the truth, because it simply assumes the truth of appearance and sensation, but it has sublimated religion in believing that what is most lasting is what is called the truth. Therefore matter, impersonal and still always poorly understood in its nature, matter must be the basis of everything, Science assumes, because we can prove its lasting effects. This is the materialist dogma. You too must assume it, Science says, or you are against the truth.  

But this bit of physicalist dogmatics can be safely dismissed after the operation of a superior reasoning process, which lays bare the fact that it is just as likely, in terms of confirming a hypothesis about the nature of reality, that levels of personhood ground the constitution of the universe, rather than matter. What I call levels of personhood has some relation to dark energy. It might just be that we understand the mechanisms of the universe at all because human beings possess personhood, rather than because matter is the most accurate representation of reality. The clever person never grasps the capital T truth, because the truth always exists in the place where the deepest held common beliefs are grasped profoundly. 

The clever person is so busy rejecting the common belief because it is so obvious or unreflective that they are too busy to grasp it profoundly. Grasping the positive belief profoundly changes its nature, the object of a shared faith becomes mysterious, esoteric, unique, occulted. The object of faith retains its positive, common nature once the esoteric aspect has been synthesized. You can only explore the esoteric by discovering anew the scriptural or ancestral teachings, the positive and common material. 

The sage neither encourages vulgarity nor subscribes to the clever dogmas, because the clever teaching can never become the truth. If you serve the truth in all humility, you will be made strong enough to move beyond the clever, toward the actual, truth.

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