what is truth?
is truth knowable?
at what point is one satisfied that they have arrived at it?
do we start with falsehood and whittle away until only truth is left?
do we start with truth and add our own beliefs to it, diluting it?
do we do both?
are we capable of holding conflicting beliefs?
do we ever act NOT according to our actual beliefs?
it seems to me that that which is true would be true no matter what i think about it — or even if i think about it at all.
if my beliefs line up with what actually is, then so much the better for me.
i also think, somewhat, that people’s actual beliefs can be inferred from their behavior, though i think socialization comes to play, and limits/enhances somethings, so that we are coerced into doing that which we would not otherwise do — allowing belief that the consequences of not doing x would be worse than following what we really believe about y.
iow: a behavior do show our true beliefs, but one’s true beliefs and behaviors are to complex to for another to really infer much out of it.