Insights through Illusion for Daily Living

Is Truth a Delusion?

Are you Delusional?

  • There is no truth?
  • That may be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.

Ever heard anyone say these things?

What is truth?  Those were the words uttered to Pilate to Jesus.  Jesus who said He was the Truth.

Webster’s defines truth as

“The property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality.”

Fact or reality.  In illusions I deal with blurring reality.  I deal with the idea that deception of your senses can be used to bring about a moment of excitement or wonder.  The thing is, if the truth of an illusion was known, as in the method, it would no longer serve its purpose.  The one thing that is concrete however is that there is only one method being used.  One solid concrete method that is not relative. Truth.

Self Defeating

For someone to say the words, “There is no absolute truth”  Is a self defeating statement.  All you have to do when someone asks you that question is apply it to its own claim.  If there is no absolute truth and you are making an absolute statement, therefore the stat

ement “there is no absolute truth”…..is not true. Meaning absolute truth does exist.

So to respond to a skeptic or a relativist who takes this viewpoint you simply apply the claim to itself.

  • Them “There is no absolute truth”
  • You “Is that true?”
    • Them “Yes” Then absolute truths exist self defeating the question.
    • Them “No” Then what’s the point in saying it?

This is easiest illustrated in illusions.  For instance if there were no absolute truth, then my job would be a lot easier. Many of my routines on stage are based around a central truth.  Either a prediction that is on stage the whole time, revealing a thought of name, or number, the idea is that there is only one answer not many. There can’t be multiple right answers to an illusion.  If I ask someone to think of a name and I reveal the wrong name…….you can imagine.

Let me explain what that looks like.

  1. You pick a card from the deck I hand you.
  2. You take the 3 of hearts.
  3. The card goes back in the middle of the deck.
  4. I shuffle the deck.
  5. I then with a bit of flourish and gusto produce a card in mid air only to turn it around and reveal that it is in fact…..the 9 of diamonds.
  6. You are not impressed.
  7. I try to explain to you that there are no absolutes, and you should be just as impressed.
  8. You are less impressed than before.

True for you?

On the surface this example sounds a little silly, but at its core is a root truth that is absolutely universal and life-changing.  The fact that in this universe, there are absolute truths, and we can know them.  The same thing applies to “True for you, but not for me.” Apply that to itself and say, “Is that true for everybody?”  If it is, then boom self-defeating.

This shows you a pretty clear example of the kind of opposition that you might face.  It’s not generally rooted in fact or logic, but rather emotion or feeling.  This can create another problem that I will deal with in a later blog, which is why we have to tread lightly and follow 1 Peter 3:15.  Gentleness, not one-upmanship.

One last thing…For right now if you do get stumped, it is more than okay to just say, “I don’t know right now, but I can find out for you.”  That’s it.  Don’t get discouraged, but be diligent in finding the answer and returning to them.

When is the last time you were stumped by a question about your faith?

How did you respond?

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