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The 'wisdom' of understanding the relativity of 'Truth'

Updated on June 15, 2013

Is Truth relative?

Well? Is it?

It would seem to be that it is, or is it that 'truth' depends on the eye of the beholder, as 'beauty' does?

And what is the value of knowing the truth, or knowing 'your' truth?

I watched as I walked through life, and observed in my early years, many that thought they were so very clever in using the truth to accomplish their ends. These people, in their early life, were often members of the debate teams, in the school systems. Many, if not most of them became lawyers and/or politicians. To many of us, this fact alone would cause much confusion about 'knowing', 'using', and/or 'speaking' the truth.

There are several interesting questions about debaters:

. What is the motivation for them is to become good at debating?

. What is going on in a young person's life, that would make them feel that it is important for them to be able to argue with others and convince others that their point of view is more important then the point of view of whom they are debating against?

. Are they stimulated by insistence from the parents or family that raised them, that this is a necessary stepping stone to become lawyers, which in the point of view of the parents or family is a good and lucrative profession?

. Are they stimulated by their insecurities, and perhaps the lack of attention in their own lives, and feeling that the one who can express their opinion in the best way to sway others is the one who gets more attention?

. What other stimulus is in a person's life, that sways them to believe that being able to debate and win at debating is a good chosen path in their life?

. Are they the most intelligent of the human species? Does IQ have anything to do with a person choosing to follow a path of out debating others?

In relation to some of these questions is a reflection of a ... 'philosophy' ... or ... choice of action in life's path. That choice of action, or philosophy is ... choosing to lead by example, rather then by force. Is it confusing to see the relationship between the two?

The relative response to this could be pages and pages of 'my' interpretation of it all in itself.

When... one ... chooses to become ... active in a sport that is based on inflicting pain on others, what is the motivation behind it? When one chooses to continue in that sport, and teach others ways to inflict pain on others, what is the motivation behind it?

I may seem to be wandering from the original premise, but bear with me.

As a 'seeker' of truth, I sought it out in many ... religions ... writings .. and philosophies ... and wandered up and down many socially accepted, and non socially accepted paths. I found some interesting ... seeming ... constants as I wandered down so many paths.

A reflection of many many supposedly great thinkers and religious leaders and philosophers, was and is, that in times of great need, that great wisdom will often be found in the most humble and least known or appreciated individual.

And here-in is perhaps a way to tie the questions and responses and reasons for truth and the use of one's perceived truth in one's life?


If one were to look up the definition of "wisdom", Wikipedia initially states that:

'Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions (the "passions") so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action.'

and goes further to present a rather lengthy discussion of interpretations of 'wisdom'.

'Truth' is relative. Everyone has a reason or justification for their point of view and interpretation of the 'truth'.

The path of truth that one follows is very much determined by many different motivations in their life experience.

And ... the choice to debate with others over what the truth is, brings to question the motivation behind feeling that one has to convince others of 'their' truth. Just as the choice to participate in a sport that actively is based on hurting others, brings to question the motivation behind feeling that one has to be involved in such a sport.

Narrowing it all down to just these two perspectives ... The greatest teachers and leaders ... including religions, and philosophers, and literally all people in positions of authority or leadership ... were and are the 'least' publicized and appreciated by most people.

The greatest and most valuable among us are those that teach by example and lead with 'Wisdom'. They understand that 'truth' is relative and they have ... a deep understanding of people and things and events or situations and they have the ability to apply perceptions and judgments and actions in keeping with this understanding in their own lives, and do not let their own limitations and motivational factors be what they are sharing with others.

Many people have had the joy of knowing such people. They are not famous. They are not proclaimed as national heroes. They are not mentioned in newspapers. They are not wealthy. Many of them lived and died with so few paying notice to them, that according to the standards of most social structures of how important it is to "make a name" for yourself, they accomplished seemingly nothing. But ... each person that has experienced someone like this in their lives, will be eternally grateful to the 'one' that shared with them the value of 'wisdom'. And taught them that to be wise is so much more important then just knowing the truth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'Alas! Our penetration increases as we grow older, and we are no longer deceived by great words when unrealized and unembodied. Say rather, we detect littleness in expressions and thoughts that once we should have taken and cited as proofs of strength.'

Most of us have eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear;

And quite often

it is what you don't see,


what you don't hear

that are really important.

Look within and without your ego and your judging of others.

Showing true respect for all faiths and traditions, may be a vital instrument in achieving world peace.

Be hesitant before voicing your judgments about others.

As many of you know, who have been through times of self-analysis... or the end, we find out that so much of what we interpret as hatred towards the points of view of others, originates in deep seated hatred or disgust of the points of view and judgments we have within ourselves about ourselves.

Someone once said, "be careful when you point your finger at someone, as when you look at your hand, you will find three fingers pointing directly back at yourself."

"Public media" is designed to share the joys and hopes and dreams of what one is going through with others. When one is sharing the very personal things that are positive in ones life, always remember that you have the choice to share them with a small audience, such as your family and your closest friends, and I encourage you to limit your audience to those chosen few.

When you do not make this choice, and you share what is a positive experience in your life, to others, you invite criticism of your views, because each individual sees life experiences from a different point of view. If you chose to share with all, try to be as thankful for the negative comments as the positive comments, as you have, by your actions stated that you are welcoming them.

If you are sharing your points of view, because you are inviting conflict of opinions and attempting to instill angry responses in others for the supposed purpose of bringing about public awareness, always remember that there are ways, such as positive reinforcement, that can accomplish this same objective in a "positive" way.

If you are sharing for the purpose of causing strife for your own amusement, which I find is so sadly the objective of so many... often of which do not even have the guts to identify themselves ... then be aware of the ... "balance of nature" ... the "Karma" ... or the simple statement of the fact of what happens in this life experience, which is "what goes around, comes around" or "what you give out, is what comes back to you".
You may be able to hide your identity from others in the public media, but you can not hide yourself from the "facts of life", so to speak, in your existence.


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