Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Objective Truth in History

Where it  might be possible to approach an objective truth in history, it is exceedingly difficult, if not completely impossible to escape subjective biases. Then intellectual honesty with some measure of humility is necessary to accept criticism and to review information which would contradict one's theory explaining a historical event. Through debate, it is possible to approach a more objective and comprehensive explanation of history.

My purpose in writing previous posts is to propose postulates as a basis to build a theory by observing past historical events to discern a pattern that may be analogous to current events. It is as if fitting the pieces of a puzzle together to build an overview of the political and social problems we face today which should provide a way of predicting what will happen next and, it is hoped, can suggest solutions for these problems. It is a large task, most likely never to be completed, with more to explore and I've only just started to scratch the surface with some observations and suggestions.

One thing I will not do is start with a pre-determined theory and cherry pick or distort facts to fit my theory. All I have written so far I have carefully considered and am confident that I can successfully defend from challenge. However, if I am presented with facts and arguments that can conclusively refute my theories, surviving rebuttal, then I am willing to stand corrected. Correct postulates and data form the foundation of sound theories which can be most useful for predicting and solving problems. This, to me, is more important than my ego. Clarity and understanding are my goals and I will post new pieces (not every day but when I can) as they come to me to further these goals and see to where we are going.

I hope you the reader will find this blog useful for this purpose.

Donald Cavaioli

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