My Musing – “What is truth?” Truth has been defined as a proven or verified principle or statement (fact). A fact is something that is known to be consistent with objective (not influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions) reality (the state of things as they actually exist).
“What is truth?” No matter what is being debated, there can only be one truth. Unfortunately, it is often the case that those on both side of the debate are not really interested in the truth. They are only interested in what they want the truth to be. As a result, truth becomes an orphan. Verification is replaced with fabrication. Objectivity with opinion. Reality with fiction.
“What is truth?” I am saddened that truth has become so inconvenient to so many. I am saddened that lies and opinions (on both sides of whatever the topic happens to be) are driving so many people so far apart. I am saddened that more and more people can no longer agreeably disagree. I am saddened that we are increasingly being defined by what divides us rather than what unites us. I am saddened that “wherever the truth leads” is so distasteful to so many. I am saddened that what used to be a debate between what is true and what is not true has been largely replaced by a debate between “my” truth and “your” truth, when in reality neither are true.
My Advice – Keep seeking the truth “wherever it takes you.” When you discover the truth, embrace it. Even if it turns out to be what you do not want it to be. Finally, be nice.