True is not the opposite of false – things can be true, false, both true and false, neither true nor false, and known or unknown. Truth is not NOT(FALSE), but rather UNFALSE. What is real, or true, is what is not-unreal: reality (truth) is the combination of everything not-false and not-unfalse.
First truth: existence
The first principle is that things do in fact exist, there is truth. This permits a trialing of the theory of reality – how could such a trial occur if things were not existing to be trialed? If there is reality, then there is real truth. But the real facts are unobservable elemental parts of larger systems; such atomistic understanding of the world requires we accept the premise that all we observe as existing is both part of a larger system, and also composed of smaller systems. When such existence is accepted, and the atomistic nature of reality it implies is understood, we must accept that by trial we will discover the efficacy, the certainty, of the existence of facts. And, as in any gradient, there is an ultimate purity – even if it cannot be discerned.
Second truth: cause and effect
If things exist, they must react with each other. Nothing happens without a cause, and every action results in an effect. Cause and effect may be anticipated after undertaking a practice of scientific observation to understand the nature and laws governing every elemental component of the system. However, this does not preclude simultaneous co-arising of cause and effect in the system of a continuum: just as a circle has no beginning or end, yet has a linear path, there is no discernable beginning or end to the cycle of causation.
Third truth: interdependency
Every element has its own nature, its own observable identity. That identity, however, is formed of numerous independent elements – and acts as an element in a larger system. Therefore, any identity is codependent upon the identities it forms and is formed by – and this is defined by the perspective and context of the observation.
Fourth truth: non-objectivity
Such continuity of identity forms an interdependent cohesive reality that is unobservable by an observer who is part of or within the continuum: the observer affects the subject observed, and is affected by the subject observed – yet neither is reality, because it is understood through constructs. Furthermore, the observer is unable to accurately observe these constructs, being affected by what is being observed. However the use of deduction, induction and inference permits those things which cannot be observed to be understood. The act of trialing can cause the result of these real facts. That there is no discernible reality does not mean that it does not exist – only that it cannot be observed or described.
Understanding these truths permits the four following conclusions:
1. Seeking pleasure and avoiding pain to prevent suffering is ultimately not satisfying – all instinctual, irrational behavior will result in more suffering.
2.It is such irrational behavior, the act of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, the attachment to things and ideas, the actions themselves which results in suffering.
3. Ending the desire for pleasure and aversion to pain, ending all instinctual hope and fear results in no new suffering because it results in no irrational action.
4. This ending is accomplished by practicing and training in an eightfold path of logical, rational behavior: of doing what is loving rather than what is pleasurable or not painful. All that began must end if not sustained. Suffering will end if not sustained.