Meaning and Truth have become cultural. The era of Truth as a universal is over. It is the other who forms our view of reality.
Most of us have an operational Truth that we use to move through life. Every leftist and every rightist has his own Truths. As do fanatic atheists and fanatic believers.
Truth, however, is never compatible with dogma.Each of us looks in a mirror when he seeks Truth, but our eyes are blinded by what we have already seen in the past.
It was my habit to start the day with a perusal of a few pages of a metaphysical work. It is a practice as healthy to the soul as the morning bath is healthy to the body. Though I have not the kind of intelligence that moves easily among abstractions and I often do not altogether understand what I read (this does not too greatly distract me since I find that professional dialecticians often complain that they cannot understand one another) I read on and sometimes come upon a passage that has a particular meaning for me. My way is lighted now and then by a happy phrase, for the philosophers of the past often wrote more than ordinarily well, and since in the long run a philosopher only describes himself, with his prejudices, his personal hopes, and his idiosyncrasies, and they were for the most part men of robust character, I have often the amusement of making acquaintance with a curious personality. In this desultory way I have read most of the great philosophers that the world has seen, trying to learn a little here and there or to get some enlightenment on matters that must puzzle everyone who makes his tentative way through the labyrinthine jungle of this life: nothing has interested me more than the way they treat the problem of evil. I cannot say that I have been greatly enlightened.
– Somerset Maugham, The Skeptical Romancer, Edited by Pico Iyer