Over the course of mankind’s evolutionary history, the idea of the truth has been one of vital importance. The Taittiriya Upanishad, composed around 2500 years ago, exhorts students who have completed their studies to follow the precept of:
Satyam vada dharmam chara
This can be roughly translated to:
Tell the truth. Follow the dharma
– Taittiriya Upanishad 1.11
Among the collective myths of various cultures of the world, the act of speaking and living truthfully has been highly valued.
One of the oldest stone inscriptions, that of King Ashoka contains the maxim: Satyameva jayate, meaning “truth alone triumphs”. This was made the national motto of the Republic of India.
It appears relevant to note this as the republic celebrates it’s 68th anniversary today.