A Room With a Southern View

Thoughts on Life and Liberty from an Average Middle-Class Kentuckian

Question of the Day #3: Is Truth Absolute?

on March 14, 2012

My short answer is… Yes.

My long answer is… Yes, but no living human is privy to absolute truth.

We are each limited by our own perception of reality, or our paradigm.  Take for example the Four Gospels of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Each tells much the same story, but from four different paradigms.  The details are different, to varying degrees.  Thus the question, “Which one is the real truth?”  All are true, as each man saw the truth from his individual perspective, just as we all view the world through our individual “paradigm bubbles.”

Imagine that each of us is encased in a bubble that filters everything we see, smell, hear, taste and touch.  Every moment we perceive through this filter, and every filter is unique.  An event that is viewed by 100 people will have 100 different perceptions.

I think it’s impossible for us, in this world, to decipher truth without it being influenced by our perceptions.  An event that offends one person may bring joy to another.  Our appearance influences how we are perceived.  Most people only scratch the surface of this world, using their five senses to judge their surroundings without considering digging any deeper.

People judge me by what I did as a kid, or by something they’ve been told, or by one incident, or by my lifestyle, or by my beliefs, or by my past.  I am none of these, and all of these.  I feel that there are very few people who know the real me.  Very few people who have tried.  And most people have me wrong.

Can anyone really know anyone?  How well do we need to know others?

When we presume to know all about someone, we risk being judgmental about their every action.

How would it change the world if people realized that their perception of truth is unique, and gave others the benefit of the doubt?


One response to “Question of the Day #3: Is Truth Absolute?

  1. ShallSpeak says:

    I love this post. Really, it is amazing, and it echoes some stuff that I’m dealing with at present. So, thank-you for sharing. 🙂

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