Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is truth and who determines it?“
Today, we accept different values such as truth and falseness as models and standards. However, they are relative. Today’s falseness can appear as tomorrow’s truth, and vice versa. It depends on our egoistic development. The more we develop, the deeper we peer into the nature around us and into ourselves. That is why there is nothing absolute in nature or in us. Instead, everything depends on the degree of development. It is thus impossible to determine what is good or bad, true or false, as it is all relative.
However, if we bear witness to the general and absolute law of nature, which exists outside of us, and if we see it not relative to us, i.e. not determined by the egoistic person who is undergoing development, but as the law that exists before us in the surrounding nature, then we will accordingly also discover the absolute truth. Likewise, we will not err. On the contrary, according to these new standards, we will be able to further develop our attitude and an approach that is balanced with nature. As a result, our development will become positive, desirable and directed at humanity’s benefit.
This is how, in essence, the knowledge of the general law of nature and its realization—which comes not from the human ego, but from the desire to become balanced, to achieve harmony with this general law—is the reason for everything that is good. Thanks to such knowledge, we will reach a good life and will discover truth and falseness in their absoluteness.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.