Acting on Truth in a Post-Truth World
The term “post-truth” has gained in popularity recently, even being named as the 2016 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary. It has become difficult to discern truth in an era where facts have become secondary to an appeal to emotion. We are confronted with twenty-four-hour news reporting that stylistically resembles hosted talk shows which present biased dialogue, tirelessly smelting factoids into manifestos rather than broadcasting multidimensional objective data (the latter places the individual to be responsible for the synthesis of information and to form conclusions). When combined with streams of unqualified and often non-verifiable “facts”, available at one’s fingertips, discourse is unfairly tipped towards a platform of emotional opinion. John F. Kennedy aptly stated, “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
So how to find truth and once “found” how to build upon it?
One set of truths that one can certainly know is his or her individual past. Why? Not only does one have a specific recall of the events, but is also aware of the personal motivation and desires behind each set of actions
(A) We know which actions were honorable in motivation and intent. Of those, we know which were beneficial.
(B) Within this set of honorable and good intents are events and actions which elicited negative results.
(C) There may be activities that were less honorable and regardless of outcome left the individual feeling less noble.
(D) And in the sum of any life, there are endeavors that were ultimately just a waste of time.
These are not necessarily comprised of time-wasting activities. To the contrary, people with very high aspirations can be deeply involved in so many good things that none of them yield positive results. Understanding and focusing on what brings the highest return is critical to reduce and ultimately eliminate waste.
With careful analysis, the past can be divided into groupings of (A), (B), (C) and (D). However, if left at this point, the past is scalar and remains simply the past. The goal should be to use the analyzed truth of the past as a momentous vector that drives an enlightened truth of the present. Those noble, honorable actions with accretive outcomes (A) should be magnified and added upon. This should include careful external evaluations to ensure that the accretive outcomes are not self-illusioned. Indeed, there are some who “suffer from delusions of adequacy.” Those undertakings which were noble in character but did not lead to the desired outcome (B), should be continually experimented upon with different approaches, and again with third party inputs. Actions and lifestyles falling into (C) MUST be actively replaced with (A). As (A) increases and (B) is levered into (A) type results, waste (D) tends to eliminate itself.
Being involved – acting rather than being acted upon – looking at the data that surrounds us and then making informed decisions based upon cumulative experience, developed logic and reason, and inspiration is what moves the past into a preferred truth of the present, meaning coming closer to the set of ideals and consequent actions that we wish to be known for. No mortal can claim to control all circumstances that may arise at any future date. However, those individuals, groups of individuals, corporations, nations or societies who carefully analyze the past and use it to create the present into a preferred truth, and continuously work through this cycle, will have a grander opportunity to ensure a future that is not just preferred, but rather is closely aligned to their desired truth – the full set of ideals that one wishes to be defined by, including the associated effects and results.
At TowerJazz our ‘desired truth’ is the integration of our customers’, shareholders’ and employees’ end state objectives.
We relentlessly self-evaluate with dialogue and candid input from each. This is how we pursue excellence and is our focus for creating sustainable value.
Mr. Russell Ellwanger
TowerJazz CEO & TPSCo Chairman
Mr. Ellwanger has served as Chief Executive Officer since May 2005. He has served as Director since September 2016, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company’s subsidiaries: Tower Semiconductor USA, Inc., Tower US Holdings, Inc., Jazz US Holdings, Inc., Jazz Semiconductor, Inc., TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co., Ltd. and TowerJazz Texas, Inc.