As many of you know, I’m a student of General Semantics (GS); GS is predicated & based objective facts, in a scientific manner, of people or objects surrounding us in our environments.
If our meanings deny a shared experience of words & meanings of those words, we risk falling off the table with some hard consequences that may put bumps on our asses, and scrapes on our arms.
Two teams try to jockey a way into a mature estimation of surrounding life-environs: fact & truth. How may we compare the two?
Essentially, facts symbolize provable-people, places or things, we can observe, over time, within our environments. For example, if wake up at sunrise for a couple of month’s worth of days, to view the sun rising, which I’ve observed over two months, I consider it a “fact of life.” Wouldn’t it also be a “truth of life?”
If an event happens that can’t be factually assessed, measured or observed, then the event may have simultaneous expression in other, sensing-empirical environments.
A truth, at least to me, appears to be more nuanced, almost with varied nuances, yet there is also a universality that’s a spin-off of something defined as “truthful.” Truth may be shared with many listeners, at a time of significant, kronos time (a “tipping point” time significant to many others or even a few others), by the suggesting images of the meaning of “truth” in a person’s perceptual apprehension.
One seeking to understand truth a little better must have an experiential immersion (sort of like one way of learning a new language), in a partnering, collaborating mindset, with the reality of a truth in their own nature.
Another important consideration of the term “truth” is that we can never accurately say that we’re looking for “the Truth,” capital T; the meaning of truth in its acceptance within a human mind, is personified by as many who seek its meaning. It’s individualized & the truth may find expression in diverse personalities as they communicate with others on the subject of “truth.” The communication of truth is carried by different personalities, so this effects the rhetorical style, too.
A religious group uses a series of sacramental check-lists, dogmatizes (not necessarily an “evil”) & canonizes them and these concepts change their nature (metaphorically in our minds) so the “living truth” (as we no doubt see it) for adherents of the group: a glimpse of truth is an insight around the verities & certitudes of processes that open to our eyes, as universal & habitual choices of living by the highest, most transcendental axioms that effect outcomes, in other words, the stimuli & reaction engagements of sentient life!
©Christopher Bear-Beam March 17, 2016-Saint Paddy’s Day!