John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

What If Nietzsche Was Right?

Our confidence was gone. Word started to get out that Stalin had failed to create his utopia but Chairman Mao had already started imposing his vision on China. Every experiment proved a failure. And still few were willing to suggest that the problem may not be the different ways to build utopia but whether it was possible at all. Instead, many began to suggest that the failure wasn’t finding a non-transcendent source of truth and ethics but asserting that there is any such thing as truth or ethics.

Historically speaking, we struggled through a war pitting fascism and emperor worship against communism and the welfare state. After the World War II ended, the two powers the remained standing squared off against each other, and the long Cold War began.

Everyone thought theirs was the one and only right way to do things. Maybe, the skeptics thought, no one has the answer. Maybe, the relativists answered, what works for the East works for them and what works for the West works for them. Skeptics believed no one was right; relativists argued that everyone was right.

Really, both sides were saying the same thing. If everyone is right, no one is right. Like Norm Geisler says, pointing in all directions at once is the same as pointing in no direction at all.

So, maybe we should just give up the idea of there being “right” or “wrong” altogether. Maybe that’s what got us into trouble in the first place.

More and more, the question in our generation has less and less to do with whether it will be science or religion that offers us the best pathway to truth; the question now is whether or not there is such a thing as truth.

Where do you stand on this? Is there such a thing as truth? If so, how do you come to know it?

One more question: What if Nietzsche was right -- what if there is no such thing as truth -- what if it's all just perspective? What would be so bad about that?