It's a question everyone has to ask themselves, and it's been driving me for at least a couple of years to really think about the world in new ways. To explore and analyze how others had answered the question, and to come up with my own answers when nothing else made sense. On one hand the questions is extremely personal. Everyone experiences life in a different way, has a different personality, and will answer the question uniquely.
On the other hand, all people are remarkably similar. We all need to eat, to breathe, the vast majority want happiness, companionship, and love.
So what does this all have to do with truth?
When answering this question for myself, I tried to be as logical as possible. To answer the question in an explicit, rational way instead of spiritually. To treat it as a solvable problem, with an explicit solution. This process involved really thinking about and analyzing what seemed to be important to anyone living a happy, successful life. Taking the essence of success in the simplest, most basic form and asking what is the common thread. Forgetting everything I've been told, everything I've learned and just focusing on finding my own answer.
Something surprising happened when thinking deeply about this problem. It became clear that this way of thinking could actually be used to define the concept of value. What is necessary and important to live a happy, successful life is equivalent to the concept of value in every way. What is truly "valuable" IS what is necessary to live a successful life. They are one and the same.
Some time later, after refining this concept of value further, I was very surprised to realize that the concept could be used to then define the concept of truth, in a clear, explicit way that I had not seen or heard of before, while agreeing strongly with the claims of "Correspondence" and "Pragmatist" theories of truth in philosophy. How are value and truth related? Truth is simply information with value.
Importantly, this way of thinking about value and truth agrees completely with how truth is used from both a rational scientific, and personal subjective perspective. Also, as I will later show, this way of thinking of truth is closely tied with the concept of consciousness and objective reality. I'm calling this combined concept of truth and value True Value Theory.
The purpose of this website is to explain these concepts in detail, how they actually work, and to use them to analyze life, society, politics, and economics in a different way.
I hope that, eventually, these ideas will be able to bring real value to people's lives.