What is truth?

What is truth? I believe in Truth. I believe truth is the most right perspective–the clearest view. Ultimately, this means that God’s perception of the world and of any situation is truth.

But what about truth for everyone else?

I have a friend who laughs at the idea of truth. He always says, “What is truth?”

Yet, I would counter that, regardless of whether he has a philosophical statement the clearly defines truth, he believes in truth. Every day of his life, he acts according to what he thinks is truth. In the small acts of his life, he does not question the relativity of the truth he is believing. It is purely truth in that moment.

More than that, I notice that people have standards. They degrade, dismiss, or agree with other’s thoughts based on these standards. What are these standards, then, if not a person’s accepted, delineated version of truth?

Yes, I would agree that truth is multifarious. It is also always determined by the perspective of the viewer.

When you choose to listen to the words of a particular aspect of society or teaching, you choose to accept it as truth. (There are many truths that we believe unconsciously as well) When you believe that you are good enough or not good enough, you do so according to a particular standard.

No, I don’t believe that believing something makes it true. That is not true. Believing something–altering your own perspective–does not make something true if only because truth requires honesty. Honesty and courage. I think those two ideals are at the core of truth and that truth is an ongoing process. Courage is necessary because one must always be willing to pursue and face ideals that may counter her own beliefs in order to find truth. Honesty in one’s judgment is also required.

Regardless of the tinge of a perspective, a given perspective could be more or less true. It’s true that my parents did not love me as a child–but only to the extent of my understanding. It’s true that my parents loved me desperately as a child–according to their perspective. Love is an exchange of giving and receiving; since I was unable to perceive my parents love, it did not exist to me.

But does that mean that they did not love me?

No, I do not think that it does. There are truths that are situational, and there are truths of all other various levels of truthiness. There are also ultimate truths–truths that people acknowledge (thought that isn’t what makes them truth) at all levels of experience.

Truth is not simply facts–it is a particular understanding of a set of facts. And sometimes truth involves a thousand facets, complications, and contradictions of just one given situation.

No, this was not meant to be an earth-shattering treatise on truth. These are just some of my thoughts. I see there are holes. Feel free to point out any holes you are particularly interested in. 😀

Yes: “truthiness” is a word.


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