Discerning Truth in a Post-Truth World
One of the most important messages Mahatma Gandhi left us relates to the importance of Truth. According to Gandhi, “Truth is perhaps the most important name of God. In fact, it is more correct to say that Truth is God than to say God is truth.” Unfortunately, in a world full of “fake news,” Russian trolls, marketing tricks, social media, and other online absurdities, how can we know that what we see on the internet or hear on the nightly news is actually true? And once we discern the Truth, what can we do to help ourselves, our confused friends, and the world?
This retreat – being held in honor of Gandhi’s 150th Birthday and the 100th Anniversary of satyagraha (nonviolent political resistance) – will explore confirmation bias, identify filters, group-think, propaganda, conspiracy theories, healthy skepticism, and the difference between relative versus objective Truth. Attendees will have the opportunity to fine tune their “truth barometers” and learn to discern the real from the unreal. The final session of this retreat will focus on Gandhi’s concept of satyagraha and help participants feel empowered to utilize Truth for the betterment of humanity.