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Letter 1 - The Joshua Letters - 1.859
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Hi.

I am Joshua, and these are my letters. They are a summary of findings from my journey to discover and comprehend the truth about life’s great questions. Although these questions are the base subject matter of the world’s great disciplines; religion, philosophy, cosmology, physics/astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc., I will state for the record that I am not formally schooled in any of them. However, just to stir up a bit of plot (wink, wink), I will also state that despite the fact that for the first time in history all of the information needed to put the picture together and logically come to a conclusion of the truth is readily available, no one has done it and published it (or at least not that I can find). So yes, I Joshua am indeed declaring myself first to present the picture depicting of the truth on our own existence. I don’t do so to boast but rather I, (1) hope to find others out there who have likewise discovered these truths; (2) invite the challenges of those who may disagree; and (3) ultimately hope to give many others the opportunity to consider these most important topics for themselves.

So let’s get started. I stated above that the purpose of the journey was to discover and comprehend the truth, which are two vastly different things and so, I will first focus on discovery, which requires knowing what it even is. The dictionary gives a very simple definition: Truth - “Reality. Things that are fact”. Well, what does that mean? Back to the dictionary: Reality - “The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them”; Fact - “A thing that is indisputably the case”. This provides a good understanding of the truth, but I find it a bit lacking. I could go on looking up more terms in the dictionary, but the requirement of keeping track of many definitions is tiring. We need a one-stop-shop comprehensive definition of the truth and the best one I know of comes form the Mormons (yes, I’ve searched many a resource in my journey and so I’m sorry if you don’t like them or anybody else I will be referencing in these letters, and oh yeah… given we are on this tangent I might as well finish it: excluding potential sources of the truth is a sure fire means of never finding it, so don’t do that). Anyway, the Mormon definition of truth is written in context as if God himself were providing it (calm down, we’ll get into the topic of whether or not he exists later), and who better would know what truth is than God. The definition is found in a book called ‘The Doctrine and Covenants’, in the 93rd Chapter and is as follows: “And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come”. I would love to go into detail on how profound this definition is, but that would force me to jump ahead and so for now, take it for what it is worth. Anyway, that is the basis of my journey, my search for truth. I want to have ‘knowledge’ of things are they are, as they have been and as they will be.

Now that we have a definition of truth, we need an accurate means of identifying it so that we will know when we have found it and when we have not. Truth is very interesting stuff by its very nature in that it is singular while error and falsehood on the other hand have infinite possibilities. Thus, truth, by it’s very nature ends up being hidden like a proverbial needle in a hay stack… a very big haystack that is continually growing in size. Thus, if we don’t have an accurate means of identifying the truth, then we have a better chance of winning the lottery than we do at finding the truth amongst so many possibilities. Also, there is another property of truth that combined with it’s singularity makes it very elusive, as evidenced by the fact that the entire world has been trying to pin it down throughout history and yet not succeeded. Along with being singular, truth is also connected with itself in a loop, with one truth leading to and being interwoven with another, which continues on until the full circle is completed and the whole truth revealed. In other words, something that is true can stand against all tests and challenges because no matter how deep you dig; all of the other truths will support it. Thus, in a way, truth is like a very close knit and exclusive family. Only worthy members get in, there is no way to fool them, and once in you are there forever and have the full support of every other member of the family.

The big problem that these two facets of truth bring us to however is the obvious question they inspire: “How does one complete this circle of truth so as to arrive at a sure knowledge of ‘things as they are, things as they have been and things as they will be”? Well, sorry about the ensuing answer but… you don’t. The only possible way to complete the circle is to first know everything because anything less than such leaves the possibility that something new and undiscovered will come along and disprove what you thought was true. Thus, I have already in my first letter taken the air out of my opening statement that - I was going to present truths that no one else ever has. Of course, this cannot be the case because I don’t know everything and neither does anyone else.

There is a bright side to truth however in that it cannot change. A truth that changes wasn’t a truth in the first place. If this facet of truth did not exist, then there would be no way to arrive at the truth for it would be a moving target that would render useless any success in finding truth because one could not thereafter rely on it remaining true. Fortunately, truth does not change and what I will present in these letters, although it cannot be the entire truth, is something new that I think you will find supported in the circle of truth as far as we know it.

My next letter will begin to unfold what I have found. Again, I would love thoughts, challenges, etc.

...Joshua

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