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    Senior Member plaguerat's Avatar
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    Would you choose ultimate truth or peace in ignorance?

    Say, in a position of power over many people, which would you stake in order to achieve the other?

    Large scale societies and on a personal level, which would you uphold?
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    i find peace of mind in knowing truth, or the closest thing i can find to it

    .. knowing of course, that we will never know what is true fully. the journey is still pretty cooool

    woot!

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    I don't think that you can ask that question in a dichotomous way. Truth and peace go hand in hand.

    If you chose truth, while there might be temporary turmoil, I beleive that it will eventualy lead to a greater more meaningful peace. If you chose sincere peace, than that requires truth.

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    Truth on both counts but I am with other commenters - I don't know if I believe in a real, lasting peace without truth being part of it.
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    I don't believe peace can really exist on a large scale. So, truth all the way.

    Edit: In my personal life, also truth. The two are mutually exclusive. Someone could tell me a very harsh truth, but I find great peace in knowing.

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    absolute truth would equate absolute peace.
    "Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. "

    "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

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    I would choose Peace everytime on a global scale because war is result of conflicting versions of reality, e.g. my god and 'truth' versus your god and 'truth'. Truth is too flexible to be an absolute in a social sense.

    But on a personal level, I pursue truth.

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    This is a tough question because I'm at a loss to rationalize how people would behave if they realize an ultimate truth. Ideally, knowing would remove causes for fighting, but I think some people are happier living in partial ignorance. Something to ponder.

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    Oh, the will to uphold.

    The endorphins that emanate from lift and support.

    The enemy is despondence and dejection.

    See what begets. Look at the language.
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    In regards to a society, peace can be an easily imagined scenario. But what a truthful society would look like is very ambiguous. Would people tell the truth all the time? Would everyone work towards understand or something? But I guess I'd still choose truth because however it would look, it would be good.

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