Whatever happened to the truth? In our world, the idea of ultimate truth — something that is true at all times in all places and has relevance for our lives — is about as extinct as the dinosaur. In fact, nearly three out of four Americans say there is no such thing as ultimate, or absolute, truth. The motto of the day becomes, “whatever!” Believe whatever you want. Do whatever seems best to you. Live for whatever brings you pleasure, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. And of course, be tolerant. Don’t try to tell anyone that their whatever is wrong.
But where does that leave us? If we have ultimate truth, it gives us both a way to explain the world around us and a basis for making decisions. Without it, we’re alone.
Has life always been like this? No! In fact, in the scope of history, “whatever” is a pretty new way of viewing the world. If you’re interested in finding out how we lost truth, where we can find it again and what we’re expected to do with it, read on!