The Nature of Truth–Part 2: Perception

 

TRUTH IS NOT SUBJECT TO PERCEPTIONS OR OPINIONS

 

One of the most insidious falsehoods today is “What’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me.

 

The post-modern worldview professes that if there is no such thing as absolute truth, then there must also not be such things as good and evil, right and wrong, etc.

 

However, as we have already discussed in Part 1, there is such a thing as absolute truth.  It is eternal, and it is universal.  It applies exactly the same way to everyone, everywhere and in every age.

 

Every individual has his or her own perception or opinion of a given situation.  Jack may say, “It is too hot in this room.” Meanwhile, Jill might say, “No, it’s freezing in here.” The thermostat reads a constant 68 degrees for both people in the room.  However, each has his or her own perception and opinion about the temperature.

 

An argument begins.  When the dust settles, however, the fact remains that it is still exactly 68 degrees in the room.

 

Now notice that I said “fact” and not “truth.”  What’s the difference?  In a word…

 

Context!

 

A fact is a single, tangible, observable nugget of information. While it may be true in and of itself, it can also be manipulated or placed into a context where it is not true.

 

Truth, however, is the principle behind the fact that is true regardless of the context.

 

In other words, it is 68 degrees now, but I can change that by setting the thermostat higher or lower.  Or I can switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius. In that case, the temperature of the room remains constant, but it is no longer factual to say that it is 68 degrees.

 

So if the facts of the constant temperature in the room can be manipulated, and the perceptions and opinions about the temperature can be as numerous as the number of people in the room, then what is the truth?

 

The truth is that there is such a thing as heat.

 

There has always been.  There will always be.  Everyone everywhere must acknowledge this truth, regardless of perceptions and opinions about what feels hot or cold.

 

The key word in that last sentence was “feels.”  Truth is not something that you feel, like an emotion, a perception, an opinion or even a belief.  It is not even something you know, like a fact or an assumption.

 

Truth is what would be there whether you were there to perceive it or not.

 

Two plus two will not cease to equal four, regardless of how this makes you feel, or how many people think it ought to equal something other than four.

 

(Next, Part 3: Indisputable)

 

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