There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
- Douglas Adams (The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe)
Truth is a funny old thing. Many people search for it, some claim to have found it, others say they haven't, to which they reply - yes I have so there!
What initially attracted me to Chaos Magick, was the idea that there is no truth, just models and paradigms which can be useful for as long as we need them. I had spent most of my young life searching for truth, which led me to fundamentalist religion. When I had matured, and seen life in all of it's perplexing and bizarre paradoxical forms, and seen the problems having a monopoly on "truth" caused, and the endless quest for that "Ultimate Absolute Truth" I realised that if you take one of the T's out of TRUTH and re-arrange the letters, you get a bit closer to the mark = HURT. How many people have been killed or denied their basic rights as creatures sharing this planet, because someone or some group claim - THEY HAVE THE TRUTH.
Chaos Magick is often misunderstood by some of the more "traditional" schools of magick because we are seen as not caring about finding truths, we just apparently masturbate over sigils and don't ever take a serious approach to anything.
The actual "Neophyte Ritual" presented in Liber Kaos asks:
"Candidate, do you know that there may be no ultimate truths?"
To which the candidate replies "I do".
The problem with TRUTH is that it's not fixed, there may be no ultimate truths which never change - so we can build a computer and say HA HA, there it is, the truth is 42! Then find we have to build another to come up with the question that 42 is the answer to! Taking some examples, it may have once been true to say that man couldn't fly, but when the airplane was invented that was no longer the truth. It may have once been true that we couldn't split the Atom and so on. At this point you may be saying - oh, yes but you are now talking about what man once believed were truths at certain points in history, which were later disproved. At this point I say:
There may be no absolute truths.....
Check the expiry date on your Truths, you may realise that is where that dam awful smell is coming from!