But the answer to the above question has nothing to do with finding some irrefutable fact and sticking it into our memory bank. The question goes to the human heart as much as to the human intellect. It has to do with experiencing a kind of happiness in life that everyone can be in total agreement with.
The reason why this “truth” is so hard to find is that we are always looking in the exact opposite direction than where we need to be looking. Currently, we seek this truth in the hope that it will provide us with greater peer acceptance, higher status and personal gain. The problem is that these ends are immersed in the values of the terrestrial world, which are fleeting at best.
A complete thought reversal is required to find truth. We have to go against our own grain! This is not easy because it goes against our very nature and thus is counter-intuitive.
Even religion often misses this point. Jesus did not come into the world simply to hug us or offer us the comfort of a loving shoulder. He came into the world to pull the carpet out from under our feet! The Lord challenged us mortals to take the log out of our eye, clean the inside of the cup, and not to throw the first stone.
The human race is fearful of introspection. Unfortunately, that’s where truth hides itself.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, things have gotten so bad that if the affection of self and of the world were taken away from people, they would feel instantly deprived of their very lives and believe that they would cease to exist. But the Lord Himself sought to take away that type of life involving the mere affection of self and the world so that real life and happiness could flow in from heaven. (This is the one way we can all experience a real miracle.)
Humans were so hell-bent on preserving their self-importance and institutions that they crucified the Lord for making any suggestions that challenged their paradigms or values. We still are “crucifying” those who happen to step on our corns.
So the one truth that we can readily find and easily confirm is that we are all jackasses! Sorry for the tough love. But taking this one truth to heart is what will start us on the path to wisdom and angelic happiness.