Aggies Commit: Committing to Truth

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Just a few steps away from the Texas Capitol sits St. Mary Cathedral, which just might be one of the best sanctuaries for occasionally lost interns like myself. As an upcoming graduate, I have to admit it’s been difficult trying to anticipate life after May, but personal refuges like the cathedral have reliably served as places where I’m able to pray and reflect. Moreover, it’s where I’m left facing many of the big questions other students might be asking as well: What am I learning? What am I seeking? What is the end goal?
The Aggies Commit initiative lists five objectives for students preparing for lifetime learning: curiosity, initiative, independence, transfer, and reflection. The last of these – reflection – is defined as, “reviewing learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom… to realize how perspectives have been enriched.” So what does this entail?
With Aggies Commit and its emphasis on reflection, I’ve reached the conclusion that my becoming a lifelong learner requires the desire to seek and discover Truth, which is an objective often disregarded in this age of relativism. To paraphrase Peter Kreeft, the message we hear in today’s world is, “The truth is that there is no truth, it is absolute that there are no absolutes, and everything is relative except relativism.” You can see the sort of mental gymnastics one would have to perform in order to justify the end to truth seeking, but since countering these arguments deserves its own blog post, I’ll just reiterate that relativism does not offer lifelong learners a strong foundation – only commitment to Truth can offer that.
No matter where my academic, personal, or professional paths may take me, I intend to remain committed to pursuing and upholding Truth. I’ve personally seen the damage done by relativism in our world today and can only hope that my humble participation in Aggies Commit may aid in addressing this serious issue we face today. In the meantime, I’ll keep stopping by St. Mary’s and recommending Peter Kreeft to anyone who asks.
“An open mind is not an end in itself but a means to the end of finding truth.” – Peter Kreeft

Cassidy Zgabay
Office of State Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Austin, Texas | spring 2017