Happy Sunday! We have a sunny one out my window. I’m procrastinating a bit on my cleaning and taking a moment to think a bit in words.
I’ve been thinking a lot about truth. It’s kind of funny that when I looked up the definition of truth the word true was used in the definition on the first place I looked. It made me think of porn. It’s one of those words that is hard to define but you know it when you see it. I did find on Merriam-Webster the definition that I was looking for. Truth: The body of real things, events and facts-actuality.
I like to think of truth as something that just is. There is no wiggle room. For example if you hadn’t seen Myles and I told you he is a neutered miniature black poodle. I am speaking truth. I know him. I’ve seen him and touched him. We could argue over whether he is a miniature poodle. I have evidence based on his AKC papers but I don’t have a DNA test so I would concede that by outward appearances he is a miniature poodle. I would stand firmly on the fact that he is black. I know that is true, one just has to see him to know he is not another color. I could stand even firmer on the fact that he is neutered. You’d just have to look to see what he has and doesn’t have to know that is a fact. It is pure truth.
In my example I mentioned if you hadn’t seen Myles and then I said if you looked at him. Notice how truth is so much easier to believe when we see it with our own eyes. When we touch it with our own hands. When it is concrete.
We’ve talked about perspective and how we each have our own. Perspective is easy. It’s how we view something. It’s our own. To us it is truth and it is fact. But still it is our truth, based on our perspective. We can look at the same thing and see something completely different.
To continue with our example. I have been asked what kind of doodle is Myles? He does look like a doodle when he’s fluffy. Doodles are very popular and more common than poodles at this point so the assumption is reasonable. But it is not truth. It may look like truth from the perspective of the person asking the question but it is not based on the AKC papers evidence.
Sometimes truth is painful. To continue my example if I had Myles DNA tested and I learned he was not a miniature poodle but in fact a strange monkey who walks on four legs and barks I’d be surprised and disappointed. First I paid a poodle breeder for a poodle. I was scammed. Second I’d be disappointed because owning monkeys is illegal in my state so Myles would have to go. Needless to say I’m not having Myles DNA tested, just in case.
I guess what I’ve come to realize is even when truth is there to see and touch some people can’t get beyond their perspective. It’s a self preservation method. I guess that’s why people talk about their truth and your truth. But then I really wonder if it’s truth at all.