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Jim Jones, David Koresh, Tony Alamo,...the list is long for those who were genuinely in contact with some inner source and who inspired followers to go over the cliff with them. I suspect that they allowed their own desire to cloud their interpretation of what they perceived from their own inner source. I believe that this is a problem for us all.
I am not trained as a philosopher, except, perhaps by my wife! :-) But the nature of truth is a branch of philosophy, epistemology. It is studied by philosophers, theologians and scientists. Philosophy, science and theology are all social endeavors and the body of knowledge in each are social constructs. In order for personal insight and personally perceived Truth to be meaningful, it must be amenable to sharing between individuals. This means we must find ways to think about and, hopefully, resolve difference in how we perceive and interpret both truth and Truth. This is a very non-trivial task.
On a personal note, I will be occupied with family matters for the next few days. Keep that in mind if I do not respond in a timely manner.
As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
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