“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein
from 1985, Tears for Fears with SHOUT
TRUTH: A TRAP FOR FOOLS?
written & edited by
Kendall F. Person
Truth is a very complex word.
By definition the word appears elementary, but consort your most trusted dictionary and note the openings for deceit. I tend to shy away from presenting definitions, preferring my word usage to define itself. But an exception in this case is needed, so that on the issue of truth, our varied, polarized, condemning and similar ideologies, understandings, opinions and beliefs can be viewed through the same lense – if only for a moment, before returning to the safety of our comfort (true or alt be dammed).
Be us Trumpist or Resisters, scientists or theorists, students or lemmings, let us read the definition with clarity, open minds and hearts in an attempt to gain full awareness of the meaning of truth, and the complexity it assures, even when there is the best intent.
from dictionary.com – truth
- the true or actual state of a matter:
- conformity with fact or reality
- a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like:
- the state or character of being true.
- actuality or actual existence.
Judgment of Truth
One of the core beliefs and most used statements by non-accepting heterosexuals is that being gay is a choice. And even though I can state with almost near certainty, that while one may come to accept, embrace and become proud of the person they are, few if any will declare, “If there had been a choice from the beginning, I would have chosen to be gay”. But whether it is arrogance or simply choosing to protect our trusted beliefs, there is a mindset in some of us, that ignores the truth coming directly out of the individual who is not only living it, but has absolutely no reason to lie, since for many, being gay has been the source of hardship, self-hate, abuse and like in present day Uganda, humiliation and death. Yet we ignore all of this, and still hold on to our truths, telling our brothers and sisters that, “The choice was yours to make”.
“If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools…” – If by Rudyard Kipling
Propaganda as Truth
But what if truth is neither subjective or dependant upon a historical perspective? What if truth stands before us and we can see the glory, but we are told that are lying eyes have betrayed us and accept as truth, that piss is rain? And what then, when we take that truth and deliver it to the masses until it becomes law of the land and the truth becomes the lie. Will it mean that the propagator is now God?
Yours or Mine
Truth is complex. With few absolute exceptions, mathematics being one and that the sky is blue, the other, what is truth to me may not be truth to you, but both maintain validity if our truths are based on beliefs. During our formative years, our ideas, dreams and beliefs change often. But at some point in each of our lives, we are accepting and comfortable and perhaps rigid, or set in our ways. And no amount of scientific data will conform a devout parishioner, nor will a single verse from the Holy Bible, convert an evolutionist into a Catholic.
So do we escape to our imagined glass castles, built high upon a pedestal, and shout down to the masses, “You are all wrong, because only I know the truth!” Or do we revisit the definition, and search for goodness and kindness in each other – reaching out for commonality – or do we allow our differences in philosophies to give us permission, to judge your truth as lies. And when we have seen the truth, do we allow ourselves to become fools, falling into a trap that we saw them build?
Ultimately, it is not truth that is complex, but the acceptance of what we determine as truth.
Above the Clouds/UNHINGED… same message, different delivery. coming March 2017