posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 05:23 PM
Truth does exist, but you won't find many folks on this board who will agree to it as being a definite qualification. On this board, truth is a point
of view. A perspective. I know. I've had this pissing contest already, and you're asking the wrong people if you want to know what truth actually
There is relative truth - the kind of truth that represents a moment in the relationship between this and that, but only
during a particular moment in the relationship between the two. That's actually called "contextual juxtaposition", but if you want to call it
truth, then go ahead. It's not like it matters what you decide to call something if what you claim means nothing to anyone else anyway.
Then, there is absolute truth, but be careful in using the word absolute around semantics enthusiasts. Their fun in life is fighting
over whether you have the right to use a word in a narrowly defined manner or not - even when you were the one who wrote the sentence, and used the
word properly within that sentence. That sort of thing doesn't matter to semantics enthusiasts. They live to simply piss you off over useless
arguments that achieve nothing whatsoever and enlighten no one.
Absolute truth does exist, and the proof that it does exist is that physical existence became stable enough for something as insanely sophisticated as
your own corporeal brain to develop to the point where you are capable of wondering if truth exists. That kind of existential stability is impossible
unless there is a truth that is just as stable and just as immutable. Don't expect any agreement here though. Most of these geniuses actually believe
that the moon ceases to physically exist if no one is looking at it, only to suddenly exist again when someone bothers to look up again. I guess they
see it as the light in the refrigerator, but to be honest, I have no idea how these people see anything. They're a complete mystery to me.
You can't "sense" someone telling the truth. People honestly believe all kinds of stupid things, and they really believe that they're being honest
and truthful when they're completely lost in delusion. There are other people who truly think that truth is elastic, and that it exists to serve them
- reconfiguring reality as they simply imagine that reality to exist at that specific moment. You'll "sense" them to be telling you the truth too.
And why not? They don't understand what truth actually is, so in their minds, they're being truthful.
In the end, truth is a concrete, immutable definition of what is as opposed to what isn't. Reality is the definitive comparison, and logic is how
truth is determined. Any other method of establishing truth simply isn't a method at all. And it doesn't reveal truth. When you get to dealing with
the kind of existential staple that truth is, it all gets really simple.