The best truths are ephemeral. The best truths cannot be possessed. It would be truer to say they possess us. They take us up when we are worthy of them, and they drop us when we think they are ours to own. We enter into a relationship with the best truths, and attempts to possess destroy this relationship.
We inhabit the best truths like a garden is inhabited. An inhabitant participates in and is a participant of the habitat. We are living things among the living things who constitute the garden. The garden encloses and involves us as parts and participants of itself.
We, however, prefer our “objective” truths. An object can be mastered and possessed. An apple can be grasped in our hands, held up against the sky and seen whole, turned and examined on all sides. We can eat that apple and subsume it and force it to be “me”. It is true: some truths are like this, like objects, objective. The best truths, however, are not. The best truths are subjective – and whatever is genuinely subjective is holistic and transcendent.
Modernity acknowledges subjectivity, but excludes it from the sphere of truth. Modernity acknowledges only objective truth.