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Monday, January 02, 2012

What is Truth

A friend that I have much faith and belief in asked me to write a post about what is truth. Truth is almost an oxymoron. Depending on your perspective of what you perceive or see then the truth is what you want to see and believe. Albert Einstein had a theory about the speed of light that more or less said that it could not be broken. But in truth, if you see an object from a great distance traveling at the speed of light then you are actually seeing something that breaks his theory down to simple perception. It will move across the night sky quickly but slow enough for the eye to see. Isn't that what truth comes down too? You see what what you want to see?

Ten people can see the same situation and come away with ten different perceptions or ideas of what the truth is. Pick a subject, be it any situation in your everyday life. Ten people in line at a checkout counter may all see that the clerk manning the register is slow but the clerk manning the register sees that the scanner is broken and just trying to do their job as quickly as the broken machine will let them do it. Ten angry customers will still come through the line. Any law enforcement officer will tell you that if there are five witnesses to a crime they will come up with five different stories as to what they saw and what the truth is. To them it was what they perceived.

Put yourself in the perspective of the broken machine at the supermarket. We are all human and sometimes we break down and have faults in our operating systems. As that machine are you not upset that you can not function properly? The truth is like that. It only comes out once all of the facts come out. Or the company comes to the realization that the machine is broken. The company would be you trying to fix that machine.

Some people like to mangle the truth for their own personal gain but the truth is like an air bubble in a fish tank. It always floats to the top and in doing so provides life saving oxygen for the fish in that tank. No matter how you try and manipulate the truth be it in your personal life or work or even politics, it will always come to the surface. It is a battle that can never be won if you try to suppress it.

It has been said by some that you need to lie to move forward in certain situation but that is still a lie that is hiding some other ulterior motive. If you have confidence in your own personal being then you need not lie about anything to anyone. If you have faith in your gut that your decisions in your life are right then there is no doubt or shame. My question is how you decide the choices that the truth gives you when it comes to the many situations that the truth gives to you. I think the answer to that is how you used your choices before and how you feel about them today.

Can the truth hurt you? Absolutely, but it still is the truth. Can we learn from the truth? Absolutely! Only the truth in your life can make you stronger and a better person. If you choose to live in a lie then you always will have doubts no matter what the lie is but the truth is a light and beacon that never fades. It can't. It is your own self conscious telling you where your path should be.

We live our lives in uncertainty and if you picture it as a dark room with a door ajar, on the other side of that door is a bright light. That bright light is you. All of the darkness in the room has no meaning if you continue your life in search of the truth. Nothing else matters as long as you continue to walk towards that door with the light in it. That is the truth of your life.

The truth will set you free. Words to live by. The true test of living you life in truth is how you perceive it. When someone questions your truth then you need to ask questions of yourself and others and let those bubbles float to the top. It is the path of those bubbles rising to the top that is the discussions or arguments or understandings that two or more souls come together to recognize as the truth.


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Blogger John Myste said...

One of the most profound and psychological analyses of truth I have encountered:

What is truth? says Pilate,
Waits for no answer;
Double the stakes
Says the clock
To the aging dancer;
Double the guard,
Says Authority,
Treble the bars;
Holes in the sky,
Says the child
Scanning the stars.

~ Louis MacNeice

10:54 AM  
Blogger John Myste said...

When someone questions your truth then you need to ask questions of yourself and others and let those bubbles float to the top.

Very interesting. Do we search for truth or do we follow it? Do we seek to discover truth or do we seek to fashion it?

Most thinkers seek to validate the truths they held already. Once you think hard on a topic, it is very difficult to ever be circumspect again. Once you commit to your perception of a bubble, it is very hard to allow that bubble to float freely. You go into a manipulation phase. Moreover, you become quickly become sure you are right, usually with no new evidence presented, at which time, you abandon your bubble. If the truth bubble deviates even the slightest from the path you have laid out, then the bubble is errant, not you. Once you decide you know the truth, the truth is beyond your comprehension. As R.F. Laid put it:

The man who is certain has no need to inform himself further; and his education is complete, when he declares that it is.

It is hard to “Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee,” as Emerson advised us in Self-Reliance, a short essay everyone should read.

It is hard to follow the truth blindly.

11:17 AM  
Blogger John Myste said...

I know what you are thinking: why didn't Pilate ask what truth is, instead of "saying" what is truth?

I don't know.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Interesting points John. My thoughts are that the truth is a solid object that has all the dimensions that it needs. Over time it becomes a circle or sphere that all can see. It was always that circle or sphere, it just was not obvious to everyone that looked at it. Perspective is everything when it comes to the truth.

7:13 PM  
Blogger John Myste said...

An excellent blog post discussing the nature of truth can be found here, by the way:

The World (Reposted)

7:39 PM  

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