Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 35 Share on Twitter 4 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
Life Arts   

Overcoming Delusion: The Need for Truth, Meaning and Intuition

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)   3 comments, In Series: Overcoming Delusion
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Eric Z Lucas
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)

'The Truth will Make you Free'
'The Truth will Make you Free'
(Image by Art4TheGlryOfGod by Sharon from flickr)
  Details   DMCA

"Truth is a process where the forms or objects that we experience in the everyday world seek to express an idea that underlies them and is the source of their reality. This truth-making process is the case, whether we are talking about a tree, a dog, quantum mechanics or an individual person." From, Overcoming Delusion: Berea College and the Supreme Court's Destruction of Racial Equality, By Eric Z. Lucas

Language and Meaning

The correct use of language helps us intuit meaning and truth. Incorrect use: Lying--deliberate meaning-distortion--destroys this capacity. It has been said that Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, maintained:

"that all the elements or objects in our languaged world are essentially differentially interconnected and reciprocally constitutive of each other".... clearly [this] seems in itself to constitute a metaphysical perspective predisposed to cosmic unity and coherence. [i]

This quote from Professor Dennis Patterson about deconstruction theory makes, for our purposes, two important points. First, it is the nature of language that no single word can stand alone and achieve meaning. The elements in our "world" of language are dependent on each other and in this way are irrevocably interconnected. The second point is that this interconnection is metaphysical in nature. In other words, the interrelatedness of the elements of language constitute part of what is objectively real. And Derrida goes so far as to say the import of such a stance implies a general view that reality is one of cosmic unity and coherence.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Interesting 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Eric Z Lucas Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter Page       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram Page

Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Therapeutic Justice: Rage, Plague and Purification

Therapeutic Justice: Healing and the Pursuit of Happiness

Black Lives Matter: The Problem of Citizenship

Therapeutic Justice: You Are a Miracle

Therapeutic Justice: Killing the Coronavirus

The Power of Sincerity

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend