Op-Ed: A Time for Truth, A Time for Hope

 

By Wissam Nasrallah

In a world where we are bombarded with contradictory information and conspiracy theories are mainstream, Pilate’s question to Jesus, “What is Truth?” is more important now than ever. The challenge, however, lies in the fact that the quest for truth requires an expensive commodity that Pilate did not have: time. Time to investigate, time to question and cross-examine, time to experiment and explore, time to doubt, time to be challenged and provoked, time to think and process. In a complex and fast-paced world, ready-packaged one-size-fits-all opinions are much more appealing and convenient; they save us from having to go through the painful process of tearing apart our presumptions and presuppositions, identifying and challenging our biases and carving out opinions based on the examination of facts. The other alternative would be locking ourselves in an indifferent or fatalistic avoidance because, to quote Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.”

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