What does truth mean to you?

Canada
July 29, 2010 5:11pm CST
Is truth subjective? Can one change what the truth of a matter is just by willing it? What do you think, or do you Know?
6 responses
@rejin_rob (395)
• India
29 Jul 10
As children we are encouraged to tell the truth and in return expect our parents, and other adults, to do the same. It is only as we grow older that we discover not everyone believes in telling the truth - some people consitently lie. Is it important that we speak the truth? To my mind, yes. I have heard of many people blurring the edges of truth by saying they would tell a "white lie" if it meant not hurting the other person's feelings and whilst this life might be for what appears the best of motives, is it really the best way of not hurting someone? Perhaps, it shows a limitation in the "liar's" own ability to find a positive way of telling the truth. Whatever the reason, there are times when not telling the truth says more about the person telling the lie than about the repercussions of telling the truth. For me, there have been instances when I found the truth hurt, but only because people did not appreciate all the facts behind the statement they made. They had listened to another person, heard their views, and then adopted them as their own. When this is a child repeating someone else's opinion then it is possible to understand the reason for the blunt, sometimes untrue, statement, but when it comes to adults doing this we can be more upset by the bluntness, especially if it is untrue, or a distortion of the truth due to limited information. So many lies are told these days, so much disinformation cruelly told to mislead and distort other's views of a subject or person. Why? Do we really fear the truth that much? Are we so frightened of the truth that we will do anything rather than admit it? It would appear so, and this saddens me. The truth, when it is told and recognised can open up such vistas of understanding that it can never be truly hurtful. The sudden realisation that we are not alone, that others might experience life in a different way to us, might gain insights that others must respect with wisdom and understanding being precious gifts most would give their souls for. Well it is possible to gain them, and you don't have to be wealthy within society to do so. It is gained by learning the truth, recognising fear, misinformed facts, distortions of truth, and knowing that whenever you acknowledge a truth you will also be more likely to do something ethical rather than just follow the crowd. Opinion should be formed over time as truth and fiction are discerned to a greater degree. In my life, truth has become more and more important as the years have passed. I have learned so much, and realised that ignoring the truth, or distorting it, for your own selfish ends does not bring happiness. You may have temporary respite, but the truth will eventually surface and your own deceit will be shown for what it truly is.
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• Philippines
30 Jul 10
In philosophy, truth is never ultimate.We have our own truth. Truth varies from one person to another depending on ones background and experiences in life. Even our own truth keep changing with time.
@urbandekay (18312)
30 Jul 10
Actually, in philosophy truth is not like that; for instance it is absolutely true that the statement, "there are no true statements, is false" is absolutely true for all people all times all the best urban
• India
30 Jul 10
Telling truth is becoming more important in my life.Learn to tell truth and understand the actual meaning of truth.Actually for me truth means we think or telling from our inner core of our heart.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
Truth is truth, whether it hurts or not. Everyone deserves to know the truth and everyone must learn to accept it. We can't act,disprove, or prove something if we don't know anything about it - that's what I think.
• United States
29 Jul 10
Truth is loyalty, it is ones will reveal themselves to someone also.
@urbandekay (18312)
29 Jul 10
Some truths are subjective,some objective and some intra-subjective. Your willing will only affect the first all the best urban