The Truth In The Truth : The Definition Of Truth

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“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away”- Elvis Presley. In my mind, truth is defined as being in accordance with fact or reality. There will always be truth to every situation, as it is only possible for something to occur in one specific way. The problem encompassing the idea of truth is the reality that only one retelling of a specific situation can be the full truth. Each individual interprets situations differently. For this reason, in order for the truth to be told, one must simply state what was seen, leaving their personal emotions out of the situation. A story can be said to be true when it accurately portrays the account of which is being told. One set definition for truth does not exist. It would be impossible as perception varies from one individual to another. Some people do not even believe in the existence of truth. Postmodernist thought comprises the belief that truth does not correspond to reality. It is argued that since truth is constructed by the mind, not simply perceived by it, and since many of such constructions are possible, none necessarily is absolute. It follows then that the nature of truth is ambiguous and that there is no such thing as true reality out there to discover. Personally, I am unable to relate to this definition of truth. I believe that it is only possible for one set thing to happen, every second of every day. There is only one truth to each situation. Although I believe there is only one truth, I also believe that the exact restating of that truth is impossible due to personal interpretation. Truth exists, but the understanding of truth is unattainable. “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the trut... ... middle of paper ... ...ts on the effect of stories by stating, “The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” The purpose of stories is not to be truthful. They are meant to challenge one’s imagination and evoke a sense of curiosity. Stories are the key to understanding. The concept of truth is one of which does not have a definitive nature. Previously, I have avoided thinking about the meaning of truth. The concept is perplexing, as at one moment I believe one thing to be “true” about truth itself, but the next I begin to contradict what I previously believed. My understanding of the nature of truth is ever changing. To perceive the meaning of a word of which is impossible to understand is absurd.

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