Your Truth and My Truth
Look at others and their truth. Do you like a part of their truth? Then put it in your world and make it part of your truth. Don’t like their truth? Say to yourself, “It’s okay for them but I want something different.” The point here is to live YOUR life and YOUR truth the way you want to so that you wake up excited and ready for each moment of every day. There is no right and wrong here. YOUR truth is just as real as someone else’s truth. We are all unique to what we desire….
Source: Beth and Lee’s Blog
Vacuous: 1. Devoid of matter; empty. 2. a. Lacking intelligence; stupid. b. Devoid of substance or meaning; inane: a vacuous comment.
The idea above is vacuous, and my main intention here really is definition 2b, although I would say as gently as possible that it fits 1 and 2a as well. One of the strangest, goofiest, and most backward ideas that is currently accepted in mainstream thought is the notion that you can have one truth and I can have another truth, and yet our two different truths can both be true, even if they completely contradict each other. Of course in such a strange way of thinking, that obviously false idea can be true by the simple act of my declaring it so! The problem is that truth itself doesn’t work that way.
“There is no right and wrong here.”
If what you are talking about is actually truth, then there most certainly is a right and wrong. By definition, truth is about what is right and what is wrong. If I say, “I have wings and can fly to the moon,” that statement is false because the reality is that I do not have wings and therefore cannot fly anything except maybe a kite. If I say, “I have three daughters, age 16, 14, and 13, that statement is true because the reality is that there are three girls in this world of that age, who have my last name, and half of my chromosomes. Falsehood is that which is wrong (does not align with reality), and truth is that which is right (aligns with reality). If I say I have wings, that is false and I am wrong. But I am quite right in saying I have three girls – one might even say I am being truthful in making the claim. So if one is actually talking about truth, one is by definition talking about right and wrong.
If one is not talking about right and wrong, one is not talking about truth but something entirely different, which I suspect is what Beth and Lee are actually doing in their post.
They claim, “We are all unique to what we desire.” If what Beth and Lee are talking about is actually desire, and not truth, then there might be some small ground on which they can be correct. Certainly we all have different desires and combinations of desires and certainly this contributes to our uniqueness. The thing that concerns me with their statement, however, is that they have made truth equivalent to desire.
In this way of thinking, my desires are so important and so essential to who I am that they actually have power to make things true. Can you believe that? In their way of thinking, if I desire something badly enough, it can become reality for me. If I desire badly enough that I should be able to drive into a wall at 70 mph and not suffer injury, then it can actually happen – that can be my truth, my reality. If I desire badly enough that I should be able to have unprotected sex with multiple partners whenever I want and there be no physical or emotional consequences, then that can actually be the reality.
The problem with this is that consequences by definition, usually ARE reality. Consequences are often what we encounter when we have made a decision that may be deeply rooted in desire, but is not at all rooted in reality. The reality is that I cannot have unprotected sex with multiple partners whenever I want and have there be no physical or emotional consequences because this behavior logically and naturally brings about those very consequences. Any attempt to say that desire is the same as truth, or that simply by desiring something we can make it true, completely misses the point of what truth actually is.
God either exists or does not exist. The beliefs of all the worlds most strident atheists do not have any bearing whatsoever on whether or not God actually exists. God might very well exist in spite of their belief that he does not, and their desire that he not. Likewise the beliefs of all the world’s most ardent theists and proponents of God do not have any bearing at all on whether or not God exists. God might very well not exist in spite of their belief that he does and their desire that he does.
We live in confusing times. When we have lost the ability to see that truth in its very nature involves being right and being wrong, we have lost the light by which we can come to see anything clearly at all.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Source: Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in The Holy Bible, Matthew 6:22-23