I’m one of those awesome people that will give you fun facts, quotes, and lessons for no apparent reason.
I do it constantly, but luckily not at an annoying rate; I like to think I’ve found a perfect balance.
Some months ago, while sipping on a watered down Coke and waiting for a waste of a high school basketball game to begin (it was a waste because they lost terribly), I randomly had the urge to teach my friends a short
lesson about truth.
Now I want to share that lesson here.
Truth is interesting… so very interesting.
Have you ever been in an argument, and then some 3rd-party tosses in their two cents of, “There are three sides to every story, guys.” Well, that dreadfully unnecessary person is kind of right.
There’s no such thing as plain “truth”. Just “your truth” and “my truth”; interpreted by others using their own “truth”.
We have this realization of ‘truth’ being thought about, thanks to British empiricists like Locke, and Hume.
Due to a string of events in the 16th century, these guys gave the assertion that truth is known through the senses.
Fast forward to the middle of the 17th century, and we get Immanuel Kant combining their assertion with Rene Descartes’, giving us something new.
… the idea that knowledge is personal and subjective…
He asserted that because knowledge is had when data from our senses is interpreted by our minds, we can’t know the “thing in itself”
… we can only know our experience of it…
So “my truth”, and “your truth”, though different are both to an extent true.
Of course, not to be confused with a “fact”.
No, there are not three sides to a fact.
That’s not how it works, buddy.