A Matter of Truth

What is ‘truth’ and do you have any?

Have you ever stopped to think that almost everything YOU know is second-hand information, something that YOU was not physically present to experience for YOURSELF. In which case, wouldn’t you agree that deciphering any form of truth can be quite a challenging prospect, and especially with misinterpretations and other contaminates combined.

This gives rise to what may be described as ‘points of view’, rather than ‘truth’. So, tell me now, how much ‘truth’ do YOU really know?

If I were to tell you the Earth was flat for example… Would you doubt me? Even though it is very likely YOU have never seen the earth from a far enough distance to tell for yourself.

Is this where trust overrides truth? Where you hope that the integrity of the things you have learnt in class, the news you’ve read in the local paper, and the other influential things in life can be upheld.

So then – what is ‘trust’?

Trust is more than just the fuel that gives people the confidence in something. It fosters belief…one of the many instigators that stand between an individual and ‘truth’.

Is ‘truth’ different for everyone?

What may be true for one person can be very untrue for someone else. As their differing surroundings, location, and other factors influence their mindset. Tradition, culture, religion, education, and interests are of course amongst the many other influential factors.

So is there an ultimate truth? A truth that cannot be tainted by varying perspectives or ‘points of view’. Well, if we can find something that all humans commonly, and undeniably, know to be true or truth, at least we can then say we have examples of ultimate truth, or maybe that should be ‘absolute truth…’

Truth is something that can be proven to be true time after time again.

So, is there really such thing as ‘truth’?

Anyway, you would think that an ‘absolute truth…’ would be something that is constant or fixed and cannot be questioned, or manifest in doubt. But what I feel is that truth is something that dances between what is known, when that somethings is known and by whom it is known. Which then has me thinking; can truth exist without anyone experiencing it.

Now, quotes make handy tools for expressing fuzzy points like this. And here’s one that might sums up ‘truth’ in a few words:

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side,
and the truth. And no-one is lying.”

-Robert Evans

From the quote you can imagine truth as being a separate entity. And as other entities, you have points of view, plus the possibility of contaminates,  each combatting for a relationship with truth. But the very fact a relationship may be forged makes that truth something different…

TAQO SAYS: True to Who?

Truth on it’s own, is what it is….Constant, absolute and wholesome…
But, often impossible to find from where YOU are standing.

Okay, so with that, how do you position yourself, in order to receive truth. Is it a case of allowing yourself to be vulnerable and selectively picking things that seem relevant to your aim? I say vulnerable, because you may need to open your defenses and allow information to influence you in some way to discover truth. That information may or not be true. But again, true to who? After all, how does truth reach YOU in the first place?

How does ‘truth’ spread?

Sounds a simple enough question to answer. However, this question also answers how rumours, myths and lies spread.

Tell me, were YOU anticipating a conclusion perhaps a little more dynamic, or even metaphysical? Maybe you have a little ‘truth’ knowledge under your belt that you’d like to interject. Now, that would be appreciated – true!

What are YOUR ideas of truth?

…please share your thoughts below.

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