|Truth cannot change|
| Truth does not change. In order to be true, it cannot change. A standard remains constant. Our perception of it changes, but it does not.
That which does not change judges the things that do. We would not recognize change apart from something constant. We would not know that something moved apart from something still. We would not see difference apart from what remains the same.
When a farmer plows a field he looks at a fixed point. If he follows that point, he makes a straight line.
Scientists look for laws and constants. They know that the unchanging things govern the things that change.
Artists tried to seek randomness, and they proved it impossible. They splattered paint. They prepared pianos. They tried their best to find chaos, but the more they avoided patterns, the more they created new ones. Chaos eluded them, because it doesn’t really exist. *
The things that do change follow a pattern. If we put a bunch of monkeys on typewriters, we would never get a work of Shakespeare out of them. Monkeys don’t type at random. If we get them to type at all, they type in patterns.
There’s a silly debate among scientists as to whether nature was designed. Secular humanists describe plants and animals as if they were designed for a purpose. When questioned they claim to mean it figuratively, but if there were no purpose from the beginning, there would be no such thing as “design” either in nature or in manmade objects. We design things according to an order that already exists in us and in the cosmos.
Everything in reality always had the potential to be. Nothing would come into reality unless there was the potential for it. If you know everything about the cause, you already know the effect.
Suppose God were to redo human history, wipe out human life and start again from scratch. Suppose everything of human existence were completely destroyed, melted down, ground up, and returned to the earth, dust to dust, every scrap of evidence. Then God would introduce two human beings, a man and a woman, naked, innocent, unaware of anything that happened. We already know what they would do. They would have families, societies, and nations. They would discover fire and electricity. They would develop technologies from the wheel to the computer. They would build carts and chariots and boats and automobiles and planes and rocketships. Without even knowing about what had come before, they would rebuild civilization.
We know what humans value, so we know what they would do. The things we do reflect our perception of value. God already knew what would happen when he put those two in the garden.
|* A reference to John Cage and other artists who tried to illustrate chance within their art.|