Couple of years back, I heard a speaker in one of the community functions. The man was boasting that he was socially very active and was a member of clubs varying from Lions Club to Maatuthavani welfare association kind of clubs. What interested me was his claim that he had spoken in more than 15000 public meetings so far. The audience clapped with wonder at this claim. I started doing the math - he was 45 years old, he wasn't a child prodigy so he must have started his speaking career around the age of 20. So that is a total of 25 years of public speaking or 9125 days. So he must have spoken in about 2 meetings a day daily for the last 25 years. I was astonished at his stamina and started to idolise him.
That was an extreme example, but there are so many 'truths' that go around that aren't exactly true. At any point of time, some myth or the other is being built which will later become true. Most of the myth building happens in religious space because it is considered heresy to question the religion you were born in and unsecular to question other religions.
Take for example the assertion by the Kanchi Mutt that it was established by Adi Sankara 2500 years back. Every few years Kanchi Mutt releases a book authenticating its claims to be 2500 years old. Only problem is most of the records date Adi Sankara to 8th century AD. A detailed de bunking of Kanchi Mutt's claims is here. . Even those who aren't taken up with the current Sankaracharya Jeyandra Saraswati idolise his predecessor Chandrasekarendra Saraswati, the Maha Periyaval. But it was during his reign that the rewriting of mutt's history occurred. If one manipulates history, even if it is for the sake of establishing dharma, doesn't his dharma become weak?
Or take the laughable theory being propagated by evangelists in coastal districts of Tamilnadu, claiming the development of Tamil religion and literature was only after the arrival of St. Thomas to Tamilnadu. According to them even Tiruvalluvar was a Christian. Writer Jeyamohan wrote a detailed post (tamil blog) debunking that theory some time back. However the idea seems to slowly propagating into mainstream. You can be sure that in a few years this will become an established truth like the history of Kanchi Mutt.
A is A as Aristotle said in his law of identity doesn't hold true in the real world, I thought. Then I stumbled on this page, which goes on to show that even the law of identity may not have originated from Aristotle. So what is to be believed?
1. I am not a follower of any religious organisation.
2. I am not a Christian or a Muslim or a Zorastrian.
3. I am not a student of philosophy or logic.