Today it is the feast day of St Edith Stein, a lady who possess the extremely rare titles. She is an extremely acknowledged philosopher, student of Husserl and so on. She became a nun later in her life. And interesting she became a martyr for her Jewish roots. The church acknowledged her as a saint. A woman-saint-philosopher. It is a pity that I haven’t read much about her philosophical stuff, I promise to come back with something on that area soon. Atleast I can reflect a little on one her interesting quotes.
Truth & Love are an interesting, yet unusual combination. We should go beyond the either-or philosophy to see how a harmonious combination is possible.
Truth could be understood as the glimpse of the true nature of reality. Scientific truth with its wonderfully carved equations and models give a part of that truth. Even today’s science don’t speak of the man/world as a machine. Reality is much beyond the equations that capture their behaviours/properties. The philosopher-mystic Tielhard de Chardin would say, love is the affinity that draws and links elements together. Truth of reality is incomplete without love.
Love is considered by many as the supreme virtue. Jesus would say, love your neighbour (even enemy). Various other religions gave beautiful expressions and understandings on it. Another powerful definition I have heard is, Love is not a feeling, but a decision to do good to the other person whoever/whatever he is. Surely it will expressed in feelings. Thus love of self/other realizes the truth of the self/other. True love follows acceptance and acceptance following knowing that reality.
Love and Truth are intricately connected. I know many of you may be still confused(or I was confusing), unless you have a hunch of it. If you are confused, I only wish that you slowly experience it in the attempts to live an authentic life.
For me as a Christian, Jesus is the truth and Jesus is Love. Truth and Love is identified in one person and he is the meeting point. It is a real pity that the life of Christians (particularly me) don’t reflect this peculiar combination.