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March 10, 2009

Your Truth, My Truth, What Truth?

Filed under: Word of the Day — Punchinello @ 12:51 am
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Voice 1: “But, they should know the truth!”

Voice 2: “Whose truth? Your truth? Their truth?”

How did we get into such a befuddled state! Is there no real truth, objective truth, universal truth? Is there no absolute truth? Is truth just that…a matter of opinion?

At this particular time in history, we’ve managed to wipe out certainty, facts, criticism, analysis, values, morality, and even truth. How? What are we talking about when anyone uses the word “truth?”

“Truth” is a human construction. We use the word truth to mean a statement that aligns with reality itself. Human beings speak the statement. Whether or not the statement is the truth, depends on the statement being in concurrence with reality.

If we don’t accept an objective reality, something that contains all of physical space and time, and contains tangible and intangible concepts, then where are we? The existentialists propose that reality does exist, but it doesn’t mean anything. The nihilists believe nothing exists, we only think it does.

There is indeed absolute and universal truth. It’s any statement that matches actual reality. Although we may not have all the senses or instruments to determine the totality of objective reality, we can certainly determine with clear certainty some of that reality.

Logical truths are things like mathematics and geometry, things like 1+1=2 or that two parallel lines never meet. They can be proven logically, but not “empirically” by personal experience.

On the other hand, empiric truths hold true for that moment, that example, and in those observations. But these kinds of truths can’t be absolute and forever because “who knows,” there may be an exception that breaks the rule.

Because we have these two different modes of truth, and because people are for the most part ignorant, we now have a situation where NO truth exists! Because anyone can point to exceptions in empiric truth (also called synthetic truth), those same people claim that logical truths are only an opinion. They’re thought up in someone’s mind, therefore they’re only that person’s opinion.

Great! Let’s go with that! I’m game. Let’s say that from now on there’s no such thing as reality.

Is that true? Who says so, you? What if I don’t agree, does that mean there’s no truth at all?

Alright, if there’s no reality, but there IS a reality, then where do we go from there? Since nobody can prove anything, nobody is right, nobody can know the truth, what do we have left?

We have exactly today’s world! And there’s only a single, possible outcome to that kind of utter stupidity: “Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.” In other words, empiric truth will eventually win out.

The doctor tells you that the reason you get white, shake, and fall down is that you have diabetes. Do you believe him, or are you convinced that he’s telling the truth? If you only believe him, then you can just as easily not believe. Belief, after all, is a perception of existence without any foundation in facts.

If a faith-healer tells you that God has just this moment cured your diabetes, then you don’t need insulin anymore. So stop taking it. If you die, too bad; you must not have had enough faith.

“Oh, but that’s different,” you say! Really? Why is it different? Is it because the falling over applies to you and to you only? Is it because you “feel in your heart” that the doctor is “speaking the truth?” Or have you had a visitation from God or an angel telling you that the Lord wants you to have diabetes?

The fact that people speak truth means that people make mistakes. Not all statements are true. We label things untrue, false, lies, cons, flim-flam, scams, jokes, delusions, and all manner of words. But as many words as there are for untrue things, they ALL relate back to Truth. That’s the top of the pyramid.

If there is no truth, then there can be no lies. There can be nothing false, because nothing is true.

The next time you “feel” like saying that something is someone else’s version of truth, then make a note: stop using language. You have no right to use language! Language is a function of thought, and exists within a structure of reality that includes ears.

No, it isn’t “your truth” or “my truth!” All there is simply is The Truth. Whether or not you have the capacity to make a statement about reality, that’s a human problem. But reality itself continues to be real, whether or not a single human being is left alive to talk about it.

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2 Comments »

  1. That’s why the world is in the shape that it is. If you live in a world where there is no reality then truth means nothing to you. You wouldn’t even be able to understand what the word means.Random House definition -Truth:

    1.the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
    2.conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
    a verified or indisputable fact, proposition,principle, like: mathematical truths.
    3.the state or character of being true.
    4.actuality or actual existence.
    5.an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
    6.honesty; integrity; truthfulness.

    Even dictionaries have problems with define things as seen above.

    Excellent post and I am being completely truthful:)

    Comment by Kathy — March 10, 2009 @ 1:46 am | Reply

  2. Most dictionaries don’t actually define high-level abstractions. Note in the above definitions of truth that all of them are actually relationships to something else. Without a definition of the “something else,” the definition doesn’t stand alone.

    When “true or actual,” then what’s the meaning of actual? Three examples say that truth rests on facts, but there are no definitions of “fact.” And today, most people say that facts are merely a matter of opinion. Number 6 makes no reference to the meaning of honesty or integrity, the fails completely by saying that “truth” is “truthful.”

    It’s a major problem with dictionaries, leading to people using words that they don’t really understand. And because there’s so much debate over these kinds of concepts, society just avoids any meaning to high-level abstractions and principles at all.

    Comment by Punchinello — March 10, 2009 @ 1:49 pm | Reply


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