What is Truth? It’s difficult to think of a more important topic than the nature of truth. Truth is that which agrees with reality.
Society no longer cares about truth. It doesn’t matter what one regards as “truth” just as long as they are sincere. Truth is subjective, society says, and it’s up to each individual to decide for themselves what is right and wrong. On the contrary: we need to remember that anything other than the truth needs to be rejected. When an individual suppresses the truth and comes to the false conclusion that “there is no truth” or that “there are many truths,” they will inevitably reject the concept of absolute morality. What “seems” right to one individual may “seem” wrong to the next.
According to this logic, to one-person child pornography is acceptable, but to another it’s a serious offense. So, who’s right? That view is held by many, but when taken to its logical conclusion, it proves disastrous. For example, what if I feel that it’s “right” for me to ignore traffic lights? Can it really be right in any sense of the word? Of course not. If something is true because someone thinks it’s true, then all sincere statements ever uttered would be true—even those that weren’t correct!
If morals are decided by the individual, why not live that way? Why not rob a bank to feed your family or steal a car to get to work on time? Why not base all your decisions on whether or not YOU think something is right or wrong? That would be ridiculous.
Here are some examples of “truths” that are being expressed in today world:
One group of people feel it is right for 40-year-old men to marry 9-year-old girls – Is this good or bad / right or wrong
One group of people feel it is OK and a duty to kill anyone who will not convert to their religion – Is this good or bad / right or wrong
One group of people believe that you can make up stories like false allegations of rape because the person is not in the correct political party – Is this good or bad / right or wrong
One group of people are so full of hate for something that happened to their assessors 200 + years ago by people long since dead, this hate leads them to justify killing and stealing and subverting the government they are born into – Is this good or bad / right or wrong
One group of people believe that it is OK to kill others since the life of the other may be an inconvenience to them – Is this good or bad / right or wrong
These are some of the great moral issues of our day. There are more, but this is enough to think about.
So, are there “truths” are there absolute “right things” or is it all subjective?