Why is Truth so Important?

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Thoreau. 

Why is this statement so powerful and, at least somewhat, true? Because truth is based in facts and establishes basic fairness and honesty for all beings. It is the framework of objective reality, of shared experience. 

Truth is based on evidence. It is based on reason & logic. It adheres to the physical confines of our agreed-upon, observable reality. The truth is lasting – it does not go away if denied. It’s also adaptive – if new facts come to light, truth will naturally accommodate new information. 

Truth is objective and helps develop personal stability, and it allows humans to unite and function.

“The truth sets you free” is a true aphorism.

The truth sets an individual free by opening the mind to a more reliable and secure experience of reality, which essentially opens up more paths of opportunity and is also directive in the sense that it enables one to distinguish which pursuits are more or less valuable. 

The truth sets people free as a whole by establishing more genuine social harmony and thus a more productive, efficient, and happy society.

“I war against magic. I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.”
– Dr. Irvin Yalom