What is Truth?

In the years that I was growing up there used to be what was known as ‘lunatic asylums’. You don’t hear of such places now. They were establishments where people that had been declared insane were put and kept. There was a great stigma attached to anyone that was mentally ill even, let alone insane; something like the lepers in the Bible I suppose. The insane were separated from the rest of society and out of harm’s way.

I don’t know if people are declared insane these days. Times have changed so much since I was a boy and are changing ever more rapidly. People today have their ‘own truth’. What might be truth for one person may not be for another person, but it is still truth. Do we have our own ‘realities’ now as well? Where what is real to a person means it exists, even if only in their minds and no-one else’s. Does the term ‘insanity’ no longer apply?

My curiosity on this subject has been aroused since my interest in the Middle East developed. Watching and listening to the various Middle Eastern leaders over the years made me think that in my youth, some of these men would have been declared insane. They just do not make any sense. All the demands Arafat made for peace with Israel was handed to him on a plate by the Israeli leader of that time. What happened? Instead of making an agreement Arafat stormed out of the meeting! Leaders in the Palestinian Authority fantasise about the Palestinians being an ancient people and that they were in the land of Canaan before the Jews re-entered the land at the hand of Joshua. They claim the Jews were never on what is now called the Temple Mount while at the same time are busy destroying the evidence that the Jews were there millennia ago.

In his editorial, Aviel Schneider (Israel Today, April 2014, No.177) comments:

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