"What is truth?" Pilate's question reverberates anew in the second millennium since its asking. Today, we seemed to have
moved beyond presupposing truth's existence to being firmly confident of its absence and proud of our "enlightened" condition. Truth has been relegated to the
realm of personal preference while it is seemingly banned from appearance in the public square. Argument ceases in the face of the unbeatable trump card, "It's
true for me." We have arrived at the point where both opposite and contradictory positions are equally valid. What may work nicely for matters of chocolate and
vanilla, ain't necessarily so when calculating the load bearing of the Golden Gate Bridge.
"It's either the bus or me," quipped the lecturer extolling the virtues of the "either/or" method of logic versus the "both/and" for evaluating ultimate truth
or foundational principles. His humorous anecdote about looking both ways before crossing the street cut to the chase and lay waste the claims of the modern-day
pundits that all "truth" is relative. In other words, it cannot be both the bus and me. No one consistently lives according to this foolish doctrine. Sooner or
later, we all run headlong into the law of non-contradiction.
Before we exalt ourselves above the
foolishness of others, we might ask how much of the modern view has crept into
our thinking by hook or crook. We may be surprised at the influence exerted by the
public square in our general outlook. As the sons of Issachar in Ancient Israel,
we need to understand the times in order to know what we ought to do.
In other words, we need to sharpen our
thinking. What is it about the "times" we are living in? We need to define the
context in which we live and identify how it has informed us. Truth is not relative.
It transcends times and cultures. The more we sharpen, the more the dull edges masking
the truth fall away.
Healthy discussion is a great means
toward honing thought. "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of
his friend." Exacuo means to sharpen.
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Derek, Greg & Jonathan
means, “I sharpen.” The
infinitive root, to sharpen, is literally exacuere.
We are not really Latin scholars (though we wish we were) and we
think exacuo is a bit cooler (which we really are, cool, that is).