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How "Truth" Is Different From Person to Person

Updated on November 13, 2015

Some would describe "truth" as a piece of information that is right, correct, factual, or real. There are many different types of truth in the world, whether it be scientific, religious, political, etc. Although there are some situations where one person's beliefs oppose another's, but both think or feel firmly that their view is the "truth". To one person God is real, but to another God isn't real, and both of these opinions are considered truth by the beholder. One can go into great depth to defend their truth, which in absolute reality may not be entirely true; although to the person it is true and that is what really matters to some people. Ethics, behavior, way of living are some examples of truth that each person holds, although they are not the only way to think or do because everyone is different.

I'm going to create two different groups that truth can be put into: Absolute Reality Truth and Non Tangible Truth. The truth of absolute reality is found in the statement such as "a cup is solid", a cup is indeed solid because it is made up of matter or energy that has molecules that move extremely slow allowing the cup to be solid in texture and appearance. Another absolute reality truth is water is a liquid. Water is a form of matter that has molecules that move faster than solids, and has a composition that allows it to fit into the definition of a liquid. Non Tangible Truths are ideas, beliefs, things that influence a person's character or way of life. Treating other people the way one wants to be treated is an example of a non tangible truth. Non Tangible and Absolute Reality truths are different, but interact with each other everyday. Someone may hold the belief that having a lot of money will allow them to feel secure about their existence so they will attempt to pursue a career that has a high salary. The dollar is a form of currency because man made it that way in order to create a society of structure. In order to obtain, for example, a house which is a place that provides one a secure place for their family to live, one must obtain enough money. So in order to feel, non tangible truth, security, one must collect a lot of, absolute reality truth, currency to buy a house and other things that support one's life and provide a feeling of security.

Truth varies and is very diverse in nature. A friend and myself are sitting around a table, discussing the topic of drugs. I feel that drug dealers are corrupting society and are bad individuals, while my friend feels that drug dealers are people hard on their luck that are just trying to make a living by illegal means. Both of these statements are truth, yet are two different perspectives of the same situation. As a said previously, truth is very tied in to perspective. As I attach negative connotations to the drug dealer, my friend has a neutral feeling tied to the drug dealer. My friend thinks that on the positive end, he is making money to support his family, but negatively he is causing people to become addicted to his product and possibly die; although this is now taking a turn into the domain of debate and opinions. The sort of truth I'm aiming to highlight is the type of truth that steers the direction of one's life. The truth that one follows that causes him or her to go on certain paths and make specific decisions according to their truths.

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The United States is supposed to be a place where people can follow their own truths and live the way they choose, because that is the concept that America was founded on. Certain people had a truth that conflicted with England's, which spurred them to find a new home that wasn't controlled by someone whose views they didn't agree with. Unfortunately this situation happens in the world everyday, and causes a lot of death. My ideal vision of the world is a place where people can live the way they choose and no one is harassed for their way of living, but I doubt this will ever be entirely real. People in countries such as Africa are slain everyday because of the corruption of the country; certain individuals are not living according to the dictators truth and are being killed because of it. The Jews seem to be a religious group that has been targeted throughout history because of their beliefs not being aligned with other peoples' and these people get irritated. I think this might be a slight insecurity issue that certain people will challenge others who make it appear that their truth is not real, thus their reality is not real. People sometimes rebel in order to defend their ideas as if their entire world is going to collapse if they are wrong or if other people hold conflicting views. The world is how it is in absolute reality, and people can choose to interpret things however they please, because non tangible truth will not change reality. Maybe in another dimension one can simply imagine things into creation.

Don't be afraid of your own truth, whatever it entails. For if something makes your life feel real and fulfilled, continue to live by it. Other people may try to force their truth onto you, but if it doesn't fit the glove, then don't feel pressured to change to it. I tend to keep an open mind to different truths of reality that may not be known as of now. I find it extremely important for people to stay true to themselves: personality, soul, mind. Seeing what one is naturally attracted to and likes will pave the way for them to live a life that feels valid. Sometimes, especially for myself, when I have followed what my friends like even though I don't like it, it doesn't fit the glove and I get irritated if I continue to do what they like. Having friends is a great part of life, and everyone is a different individual while still being a part of the group.

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