I Do Solemnly Swear…

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…
Thanks Kant…
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.

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7 thoughts on “I Do Solemnly Swear…

  1. Is it not a “truth” also? Not my truth, your truth or their truth but simply a truth? What distinction are you making between “fact” and “truth”?

    I hope that you are not confusing truth with belief. A belief can be true or untrue. Not all beliefs are true.

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    1. Confusing truth with belief? No.
      I fear you may have lost focus on what the lesson (recalled in its entirety above) was about. It is a small overview for the “history” if you will, about truth.
      Belief is not the topic, nor is fact, which was mentioned only twice at the very end in sentences related to each other. The distinction between the two being that a fact remains the same no matter how it’s view, but a truth is based on a person’s experience.
      You are correct in your comment, and have valid points, but were the discussion to be taken into depth and broadened, then we could go somewhere with this.

      Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate), by the way!!

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  2. O.K. I would be happy to discuss in depth.
    Logic and Kantian epistemology are my special interests in philosophy.
    You wrote,” The distinction between the two being that a fact remains the same no matter how it’s view, but a truth is based on a person’s experience.”
    How do you apply this to your Obama example?

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    1. Hahaha, it wasn’t meant to be an invitation. Sad to say my knowledge on the subject starts and ends at the bit I picked up after class in high school. However, if you would like to share a lesson with me I’m all for it. For instance what is Kantian epistemology? Something to do with Kant I assume.

      I apply it to my Obama ex. as it being a fact because it is not based on someone’s experience. No matter how you look at it, Barack Obama is our current president.

      I’m sure you will say something along the line of isn’t it also a truth? Yes, it is a truth also, but in relation to the lesson and in not trying to find a deep end of a shallow puddle, the example serves as a fact. It is not based on someone’s experience.

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  3. ” However, if you would like to share a lesson with me I’m all for it. For instance what is Kantian epistemology? Something to do with Kant I assume.”
    Please read my post “What exists and what is perceived to exist” slowly and carefully a few times and let me know if you can understand it or not.
    “https://logicandmysticism.wordpress.com/

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