“Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted”
-Robert Anton Wilson (Originally credited to Hassan i Sabbah)
“Nothing Is True”
To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. It is we humans who have decided what is wrong and what is right and we actually did this with respect to our own conscience. It is purely our own judgement which decided the verisimilitude of things.
Nothing like an ultimate ‘truth’ can ever exist. And to believe that it does is to delude yourself.
Yes, there are certain facts that may appear to be ‘true’ relative to a frame of reference or a time period but only with those alone.
Let me give you a simple example: Say today, you define yourself as the person you see in the mirror. Down the line, you quite clearly change and not just physically. You cannot and will never be the same person you saw in the mirror years back. The fact that you were who you saw in the mirror was true only for the second you made that statement. Even a millisecond after that, biological processes took place and your chemical makeup altered ever so slightly.
Nothing such as an objective morality can ever exist. Standards for morality are ever changing. We need to adapt if we are ever to survive. And along with that, nothing that anyone says about how you should be, you should act or you should decide things can ever be true. Things can only really be true with respect to yourself in the broader definition of the word.
“Everything is permitted”
To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are in charge of every action we carry out. We are the architects of our actions. There really exists no authority and the only thing that limits us is our conscience.
Many people tremble at this realization and refuse to accept it. Very few take on responsibility for their actions early on.
Our actions are what define us and if we work towards our freedom, those actions are the only things that can affect us.
Reality is a projection in the physical realm, of a complex ethereal algorithm we have yet to understand, and in which possibilities and knowledge can go as far as man is willing to imagine, wish and pursue it. The rules, morals and social norms by which we abide have no value or truth in the now broader definition of what our universe is.
See the world in a different light.
Shawn Kenneth Fernandes