The End of Truth c / It was the end of truth, and the end of all that objective truth had made of us. The clear perceptions and measures of the 19th and 20th centuries now seemed a primitive agenda: the compulsion to impose order and predictability, to eliminate all risk and uncertainty. A need of a few to control the many with the proven formula of simple certainties.
A crisis of truth has beset almost every aspect of our thinking. For over 2,000 years we have believed in the possibility of a single true account and measurement of our world. As a result we have become lost, both as individuals and as a society. In our new relative, post-modern era, there is no unique history, no agreed morality and no uncontested knowledge. We are all rendered histories actors, and left in part paralysis studying each others acts and actions. Now this age, the age of truth is coming to a close.
The age of truths has begun.
The technology and economics of multiperspective have overthrown the established view in which truth was an absolute, a unit of measure. We live in what appears to be a post-truth world - with no clear single narrative of meaning and an endless array of perspectives. New realities seem to be springing up constantly, consumed hungrily and instantaneously by a real time global audience before the writers of history have even been able to begin to trace or predict a trajectory. A solution might be to rely on our own instincts, to be increasingly creative and decreasingly linear with our interpretation of truths. We are fast learning the ability to filter a myriad of influences and interpretations to create our own unmistakably personal reality.
Instead of seeing the world as a monolith, rotating within a single universe, whose truth we might uncover through the practise of science, we might better regard the world as open and it is each of us who close it through our stories.
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