There is no much written about the truth that nothing needs to be written about it anymore. Yet here I am trying it just for the heck of it.
Despite so much written about truth and despite so many people using this word every day, I reckon anyone has stopped to think what it actually means.
But what is Truth anyways?
Is it perception if nothing else!
Different people have different truths but nearly everyone has the same definition about it — what they know is their truth.
Truth can vary from person to person.
If a lot of people agree on one thought then it becomes their truth irrespective of the fact whether it happened or not.
What are our religious texts, historical facts and mythological stories if nothing but some humans accounting written in books and presented as facts and stories.
Our entire history is based on people’s perception and how they perceive it.
We believe what they say because we have no other alternative. What else we do — not believe them? That is not an option because not believing them is alienating oneself from the world.
No one can convince anyone of anything unless they want to believe in it.
You might have heard about ghost stories. For some people it is fiction and for some people it is truth. Who is right, no one knows.
Isn’t it based on the same fact that they wanted to believe in it and that is why they believed it?
Same thing goes with God. There are people who believe in God and there are people who does not believe in God and both of them are right, aren’t they?
Coming to think of this term “right”, this word is very closely connected with truth. What people believe is right is often their truth and you cannot convince them otherwise.
Everyone is raised with a set of beliefs and those beliefs are the cornerstone of their life.
Those beliefs can come from parents, can come from friends, teachers, experiences or based on how they create their own truth.
I was watching the news the other day and then afterwards I went to twitter. The opinions of people on a certain portion of news were divided. There were a group of people who wanted to believe in it and there were a set of people who think that news was made up.
Which one is the real truth then?
Do I think that people sitting on expensive sets operating news channels know the truth? I reckon not. But to a certain extent, we believe them. We believe them because there is a lack of an alternative to finding the evidence of it.
And that raises another question — Can truth be opinionated?
Another problem with the truth. We believe in truth when it comes from a man of authority and knowledge. But even a man with extreme authority and knowledge have their own setbacks. They might know about something but there are chances that they might not know about the other things they talk about but because of vanity they might confuse their opinions with truth.
We often perceive truth as facts that are concurrent with our own thoughts and knowledge.
There is no absolute truth and that can’t be disputed.
Today we don’t even know whether Hitler did everything that was said of him. He lost the war and what the other side told us became our truth.
Did Roosevelt, Churchill or Truman kill less people while proclaiming to save the world? I don’t think so. US nuked two cities and ruined them forever and still haven’t apologized.
Now you might argue that I am siding with Hitler but no, I am giving you an example that our minds are programmed for that truth over years and years of programming that we are not even ready to think otherwise. It is just an example. Even if the entire world was wrong, still that doesn’t make Hitler right.
Isn’t it too godly to think that we know what is truth and never seek to know the real truth?
But there is truth, that is for sure but truth can have different meanings to different people.
Hitler killed people that is true and in world war everyone killed someone, that is also the truth.
Which is greater truth? Does smaller truth have no life over bigger truth?
Should we accept the greater truth because morality is attached to it and we believe that morality is how this world should run.
But morality is again man-made principles. They are just a set of rules set by a few people on how this world should be run. How good are they? How valid are they?
Morality says that we should kill other men but on the other hand we punish people legally by killing them too. Don’t we bend morality according to our own convenience?
Killing animals has become so common that it doesn’t even come under the periphery of morality anymore. Isn’t it wrong?
But who to tell and who to argue?
Truth is related to science and science has answers to this question. Einstein discovered the theory of relativity and mentions that everything is relative.
Mass, length, time everything is relative and so is the truth.
Truth can never be absolute despite the occurrence of an event.
Fact does not make truth. Fact can be a part of the truth but our opinion about that fact is what can be the truth.
Two men are looking at a falling tree. One says that he saw the tree falling but the other says that he doesn’t saw it falling. Who is saying the truth?
The proof is that there is a tree fallen on the ground and one argues that the tree is on the ground and the other says that he can’t see the tree. Suppose there is no third person then who is saying the truth.
Lets, not go into the logical discussion of the physicality of the tree.
The point I want to make here is that sometimes we have to take someone’s truth, even if it is false because we have no other way of knowing.
Years ago I read somewhere that if there is a blue wall and you say that it is a blue wall but another person says that it is a yellow wall, then you shouldn't argue with him.
You can never prove that the other person is lying because that is his reality and that is his truth.
Of course, you can bring other person and ask them the colour of wall and they might agree with you but wait, that leads to another problem- if mass people say something, does it become truth.
Suppose the other person bring few men of his own who confirm that it is a yellow color, won’t you for a minute doubt yourself. Won’t you think that what you perceive as the truth might not be true at all?
Truth has no face and truth has no body. Truth is that “truth” is what most people believe it to be and if they don’t believe in it then it is not truth despite it occurring because even that can’t be proven.