Truth

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.

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10 Responses to Truth

  1. sewadilly says:

    Agree!!! OH, Myles looks to me like the “perfect” little guy .. (heart) I had to put myself in “time out” for not doing my house chores .. did some, messed up my knitting — spent some time kicking myself — you wonder if kicking myself helped .. no, only made me feel better then ripped out my knitting. Enjoy sunny day, we have also sunny .. much to my surprise possible snow later this week. “say what”. Anyway, have a good one

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  2. And there are people, thinking he’s doodle, won’t change their mind and will think you are nuts; there are those who when you tell them you paid good money to get a registered poodle, will believe you.

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  3. My Max was a purebred Golden Retriever. (Don’t get me started on “doodles,” if you want a poodle get a poodle, if you want a Golden, get a Golden, or a Lab, or whatever else gets mixed into a hot mess and given a cutesy name) At any rate, Max was big, and fluffy, and had a lovely tail. A gentleman, and I use that term loosely, once told me at the park that he was “obviously mixed with something because look at that tail!” Yeah, and so are your brains.
    That said, the whole “my truth and your truth” thing bugs me. There is your perception and mine, but the truth is the truth.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    My personal truth could be true, but maybe not, even if ai think it is. That’s the problem, we have people calling their perspective truth, and because of that, they have forgotten what truth really is.

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  5. cattknithat says:

    You can have a voice. You can have an opinion. You can have experiences. And I believe voices ought to be heard.

    But you can’t have a personal version of the truth. There is only one truth.

    “My truth” could be that I have 10 million dollars in my savings account. But it is not reality, and it ain’t gonna change things when I go draw money out. Truth is reality. It doesn’t matter *what I think*. Truth is a universal standard that can’t be moved.

    Jesus said in His Word, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

    He doesn’t change either.

    Also your post reminded me of my Bible reading this morning.

    “That . . .which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

    (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)” I John 1:1-2

    John said that he and the other apostles heard, seen, and touched Jesus. They know Him. And they wrote down what He told them.

    Hope you are having a good day!

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  6. ReginaMary says:

    If everyone defines what is truth differently, doesn’t it kinda fall back into the category of perspective?

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  7. chrisknits says:

    Hey now, Suzie, we’re gonna have to throw down on the doodles! I can’t do Goldens, my favorite breed, because of my allergies. I can live with my two doodles, who have the Golden frame of mind, without giving me itchy, watery, runny everything. Do I think the crossbreeding has gone a bit too far, yes, absolutely. But having not had a dog for 10 years, after becoming allergic to them, I would never give up my doodles. That’s “my” truth, LOL! But I do agree with the subject of the day, Truth is missing in most every level of culture today. No one wants to own up to it, or live by it, because of their feelings and emotions. Logic has taken leave in the world today. Especially when pure video has been corrupted or spliced to present the exact opposite of what the truth of the event really was. And still the media refuses to acknowledge the truth of the matter that their own video supports. The narrative must be promoted at all costs.

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