Monday, September 26, 2011

Why the name change?

Welcome back! It's been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged, and for that I apologize.

You may have noticed I’ve changed the name of my blog. I’m toying with the idea of using a ‘stage name’ for my music; I’m trying some stuff out. One idea I’ve had is the current (perhaps temporary) title of this blog: Patchwork Veracity.

It seems, at least at this stage of the game, that my lyrics are consistently returning to the search for truth. As I’ve grown and learned, I’ve come to believe that complete truth is less often found from a single source than from a number of sources that all bring a unique perspective. When you find a way to collect all those parts of the truth, that brings the most complete understanding of what is really going on.

Before you stone me, I’m not trying to say everything is true. That’s part of the difficulty in determining reality – some sources are plain wrong. The thing is, a completely erroneous source is uncommon. Erroneous sources are pretty much universal, but usually each source has a nugget of truth that can only be uncovered when compared to other partially erroneous sources. At best, you’ve got trustworthy sources that each give part of the story. At worst you’ve got a big pile of horse dung to sift through before you find what you’re looking for. The whole truth is often a patchwork of different true thoughts painstakingly gleaned from imperfect sources and sewn together to form a greater truth.

Biblically, this still applies. To look at Psalm 145:9 or Jeremiah 13:14 separately, you get very different views of God. But neither is the completion of what might be termed the ‘holistic’ truth. BTW, I’m still working on that one…

Ok, but why the word ‘Veracity’? It’s a pretty well known ‘big’ word that’s usually used to mean ‘honesty’ or ‘truth’: “the veracity of the witnesses”, but just like the holistic truth I spoke of above, the word has deeper meanings when you look for them: “devotion to the truth” is one really good definition I’ve found. The synonyms are even more powerful: integrity, truthfulness, accuracy, reliability, genuineness, authenticity, legitimacy, exactness, validity. Each synonym contributes a little to the meaning and the end result is a very powerful and deeply meaningful word. I love the word veracity.

So, ‘Patchwork Veracity’ is simply my current best attempt at describing how it is I see the world and how I go about in it. What comes out in the form of music, blog, or otherwise is always going to be a reflection of how I think. Welcome to the insanity.

I’ll be all blogger and ask a question: What are your thoughts on truth and the new blog title?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the new blog title and I LOVE the idea of using it for your "name". As far as truth goes, I think we're pretty much on the same page there - it's out there, it's Godly, and if you look in all the places where God is showing up, you'll find the nuggets you can piece together. The thing is, the more we find out about God, the more we realize we don't know, and the well gets deeper and deeper - which is how we know that Ha-Shem IS THE God, there is no one and nothing to compare.