A statement should be accepted as being “true” when it clearly communicates the real factual nature or quality of the subject of its wordy remark. It may only be partially “true” if it fails to state all of the important basic facts or qualities of its subject. It may be considered to be a dangerous statement if it doesn’t include some of the real factual qualities of the subject that could mislead its hearer in regard to his or her understanding of the nature and quality of it. Although things and individuals and situations may change, “true” statements about such subjects should reflect those real changes in order for them to be accepted as “truth”.
Some individuals seem to believe that there is no statement of absolute “truth”, that no statement can be absolutely “true” about the real nature or quality of any subject that it cites in its remark. I understand that such a statement “ that there is no statement of absolute “truth”” cannot be “true”, because it would reject what is factually real about much that we observe and experience and depend upon in our lives in this world. Such a statement must just be an “opinion” about the subject by its author.
Specific statements that are made by anyone who is knowingly seeking to deceive anyone about the real factual nature or quality of his or her remark is lying. Such statements are “lies”, and they should always considered to be dangerous and of no value in human living and commerce. On the other hand, statements that are “true” are always good. Our minds are impacted every day with hundreds of statements about hundreds of subjects that can and do have important implications for what we think and how we choose to live in this world. From early childhood through the years of old age individuals are confronted with the challenge of trying to understand what is “true” about what they encounter in their lives so they can have a wise perspective on these subjects and their personal importance as remarks of “truth”. The process of discerning what is “true” and what is a statement of “truth” is not easy, because we often can be easily deceived by our own selfish desires and foolish opinions into accepting “lies” as statements that are “true” and of some personal benefit in our lives and commerce.
What would you consider to be a statement of absolute “truth”? How would you define the difference between what is a “true” statement and what is only a matter of “opinion”? For a statement about the “gift” of “truth” go to Truth. Let’s talk about this.