As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace,e and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that through many of my previous writings I asked the question about truth. What is truth? What constitutes truth? Is there such a thing as truth? I related these ideas to that of research, and results of studies. Results are always subject to trial and error, regardless of which test design is used to prove error margins, or strength of results. However, these thoughts simply do not say that we shouldn't believe or care about what the researchers have to offer, but they do leave the door of thought open, where we as researchers, readers, or investigators possess an absolute right to continue to question.
To build upon these thoughts, I began to think about social innovation. If studies or results are subject to question, then how does this implicate innovative practices? Innovative ideas, practices cannot simply be disregarded. What is found, done, or researched is reflective of a topic at a particular time in society. For example: A research topic about the effects of social media, or a question of how instant notifications on cell phones effect brain chemicals is something that was not thought about previously. In other words the invention of cell phone technology, message notifications had to happen first, before we are able to research / measure a human consequence, or provide recommendations. Through this example we could infer that truth fluctuates.
Truth, ideas, results, that are found through research fluctuate through factors of particular time, or moments in history. We can even take the example further to say that, if there were effects found in the chemical reactions of the brain such as the increasing / decreasing Dopamine, Serotonin, or Adrenaline levels, recommendations that follow a human consequence will allow us to further improve the technologies that we use, and our human behaviour. The recommendations don't diminish what was found previously, but build upon what was found.
Of course truth found through research studies is not the same as what one holds as the ultimate truth, found through what we believe as sacred teachings. But these we also question because of the elements of the unknown. As humans we want to know what we don't know, because we are curious beings. It could be learning about the unknown through the sacred teachings, or that of human knowledge, which I believe also becomes sacred, because we ourselves hold a certain power, foresight, about the knowing of human thought and behaviour, through the accumulations of knowledge.