Just something I’ve been pondering the last few days, which I thought I’d share…
that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
a fact or belief that is accepted as true.Definitions from Oxford Languages
Truth is tricky. I look at those two definitions, and I see conflicting meanings. One simply says that truth is based on fact. The second is is far more nebulous, based on the acceptance of something as true – truth as relative to fact or belief, rather than standing on its own merits. I think that’s where it gets a bit tricky.
There are many who subscribe to the notion that if many other people accept a belief, and if you believe it yourself, that belief becomes truth; if a belief is accepted as true it must be true.
And so we create our own truths, in a way, based on our comprehension of the world. Never mind that our comprehension is always limited, because we can only comprehend things within the limits of our knowledge and understanding. And no-one can know everything, or even close to it, much less understand it.
It feels like we live in a time in which people subscribe to their own notions of truth, and are confused when others hold a differing view. Never mind if those truths were created from lack of information, or purposeful misinformation, or an inability to understand information.
Let’s be careful of how we use this word, be mindful of it’s meaning. Let’s consider our assumptions about our own truths.