What is the truth?
Is it what you believe?
Is it what you want to believe?
Is what someone you trust believes?
Is it what you know, but no one else does?
Is it what gets the most likes, replies, or shares?
The truth is your truth is only one perspective of truth.
It's together we reveal the truth. We can't know it without one another.
Perspective matters. pic.twitter.com/nL6Wxvr8Ax— Math Lady Hazel 🇦🇷 (@clementinehazel) May 28, 2019
Perspectives of Truth
- In the United States justice system, a jury of a criminal trial — a group of twelve peers who represent a cross-section of the community — must unanimously agree, "beyond a reasonable doubt," that a defendant is guilty based on evidence put forth during a trial. That defendant "is innocent until proven guilty."
- Civil trials require the jury come to an agreement based upon "preponderance of the evidence" — in other words, if the evidence can show that something is more likely than not to have happened.
- Scientifically, truth is a matter of induction — reasoning based on observable, reproducible occurrences that help paint, with some amount of accuracy, a picture of how the universe works. Some might call this knowledge. Science is never sure, it's just the middleman mentioning what's going on (observed) and can be reproduced (experimented). The fact it can be observed reliably allows us to develop models that enable us to harness the observed phenomena to great effect (engineering / technology). But all scientific experiments include some error — error in measurement, observation, etc. Only through peer review and reproduced experimental results, do we as a global society come to rest our beliefs in the theories that reveal what might be true about the universe.
- But there's also spiritual and cultural or societal truths, which science can't even begin to investigate. Spiritual truths like the sense of self and explaining why we're here. Cultural truths which reflect the common beliefs and values of a particular society's culture.
- Religious truths are important. To ignore them, is to dismiss some amount truth that helped those beliefs get us to where we are today. That doesn't mean they're wrong or right, just that they are necessary to explain what we've yet to know so we do our best to not kill one another and prosper.
- So what's the truth? With your perspective, we might find out.