About Relative Truth

I can’t stand trying to describe myself in a paragraph. Just like anyone else, I’m much more complicated than what can be expressed in a short paragraph or three. There’s Me as I know myself, and there’s the many other Me’s as I (or is it “We”?) appear to each person who knows me. So which one should I describe? The truth of who any of us are is relative to each individual’s viewpoint.

Are there absolute truths in this world? Yes! But that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about the search for what truth we can find in a world where it is often obscured from view through either outright denial or disinformation. It’s about finding the grains of truth amid beaches of lies and deceit.

Do I expect you to believe the stories and theories presented here? No. However, I hope you will keep an open mind. A story can be full of truth and yet not be completely accurate. People make mistakes, and memories become distorted over time. What appears to be one thing to one person might be something different to another. Just keep in mind that sometimes the “truth” is relative.

Protagoras: Truth is relative. It is only a matter of opinion.

Socrates: You mean that truth is mere subjective opinion?

Protagoras: Exactly. What is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Truth is subjective.

Socrates: Do you really mean that? That my opinion is true by virtue of its being my opinion?

Protagoras: Indeed I do.

Socrates: My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you, Mr. Protagoras, are absolutely in error. Since this is my opinion, then you must grant that it is true according to your philosophy.

Protagoras: You are quite correct, Socrates. Is it true that truths are relative and subjective? If it is objectively true, then at least some things are objective true and relativism is only sometimes true. If it is only subjectively true, then there is no way to argue against a person who doesn’t believe it and who, in fact, asserts just the opposite. How do you argue in defense of the truth of something which, according to you, is only true for you?


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