by Clarence Elmer T. Quismundo, APRIL 2021
Picking up from where we left last time, we talked about the First Case, i.e., “The Sun rises in the East and sets in the West” where we argued that this truth may or may not be absolute. As I promised, to further prove my point, here are my final 2 cases.
My Second Case: Polaris is the North Star. Absolute truth? I would say NO and will explain why. We all know that the Earth rotates on its axis, but not everyone knows that this imaginary axis is not a perfect plane but is tilted at 23 degrees. Some say this was due to a gigantic meteor hitting the Earth eons ago, or a catastrophe of biblical proportions (Noah’s Flood) but this is a topic for another time. One effect of this tilt are the four (4) seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The other is what scientists call a rotational wobble where it completes a full polar circle cycle in around 26,000 years. This results to a shifting of the heavenly bodies’ location relative to the North Pole.
Around 5000 years ago, the North Star is Thuban. It was replaced by Polaris in around 2800 BC. In another 2000 years, Polaris will be replaced by Errai. Errai will be replaced by Deneb in another 6000 years. Until in 23000 AD the current cycle will be completed and the North Star designation will return to Thuban. Hence, while it’s true that Polaris is our North Star today, it will not be the case in the future. This truth is relative, not absolute.
My Third Case: The Earth revolves around the Sun. This one I can say YES. This is the case in our solar system and it is also the case with all the other millions (or billions) of other planetary systems in other galaxies. It is an established law in physics and it is how our Creator designed it. Having said that, do you know that this is not what we have always believed?
Centuries ago, people believed that the Earth is at the center while the Sun and all the other planets revolve around us. In the 15th century, a Polish scientist named Nicolaus Copernicus declared that the Earth revolved around the Sun (the heliocentric theory) based on his visual observations. No one took him seriously, particularly the Roman Catholic Church who said that is not in accordance with religious doctrine. Discouraged, Copernicus did not push for the acceptance of his theory.
Later, when the telescope was invented, a brilliant Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei used it and proved that the heliocentric theory was correct. His reward – the Church disowned him and the Roman Inquisition declared him as an heretic. It was only after latest advancements in science and technology that the heliocentric model was universally accepted.
The point in all of this is that Truth is not always what it seems. Sometimes it is relative, sometimes it is absolute, and there are times it sits in the middle. Yet in many other times the truth that we know is not really the truth but is only a product of our beliefs and perceptions.
So this is my question for all of you. Regarding those thoughts and beliefs that you hold dear and close to your heart, are they Truth or Perception? It’s your call.
About the writer:
Clarence Elmer T. Quismundo. Clarence has been with MPT South for six years as head of Contracts Administration. He’s usually mild mannered like Clark Kent, often choosing to express himself thru words. He reads and surfs the net in his spare time while writing occasionally in a wide variety of topics.