Truth is truth…no matter where you find it. There is no such thing as “Your truth,” or “My truth.” Such jargon is simply an attempt to avoid actual truth. Truth is not relative…it just is. We may not like the implications or consequences of truth, but that doesn’t change the facts.
- If it is real, then it is real.
- If it happened, it happened.
- If it can be demonstrated beyond doubt, then it is true.
- If it is truth, it cannot be denied.
- If it is contrary to our previous position, then that position must be adjusted.
- To insist upon the truth of a falsehood is to be misled.
Once we are confronted with a new truth or understanding, what restrains us from admission and adjustment?
- Is it pride? Are we too proud to admit we were wrong?
- Is it misguided loyalty – the fear that we will “Let the side down?”
- Is it willful blindness — a refusal to consider the facts?
- Is it fear — that we will lose our friends, colleagues, or livelihood?
- Is it stupidity (a conscious determination to remain ignorant)?
- Is it stubbornness – a bullheaded refusal to move from an unsupportable position?
If we stuck our neck out defending a false or faulty position, then we must humbly eat crow. It is better to eat a little crow and appear foolish than to keep embracing a lie and remove all doubt.
To remain deceived in the presence of truth is to be duped. If we understood things to be one way and the facts say they are another, we were mistaken. Either the method we used to determine the truth was flawed or our understanding was.
On the other hand, just because we call something “truth,” doesn’t mean that it is. Many things can appear to be true, but not really supportable by the facts. Furthermore, just because we want to believe something doesn’t make it true. If we can’t get hold of the facts, it is probably wise to reserve judgment until we can.
I’m convinced that most of the quarrels in relationships, religion, science and politics result from refusing to consider the facts as we decide what is true and what is questionable and what is false. So, let’s get real.