Because a group agrees and/or believes the same thing does that make it a truth?

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    threekeysposted 2 years ago

    Because a group agrees and/or believes the same thing does that make it a truth?

  2. RTalloni profile image90
    RTalloniposted 2 years ago

    Certainly not!  One of my favorite quotes comes from A. Lincoln: You can say a dog has 5 legs if you call the tail a leg, but that does not make the tail a leg. 

    People/groups say a lot of things that are not true and they do it all the time.  If one knows they are lying questions must be asked.  Are they deluded?  Are they misled?  Do they know they are lying?  What is behind the lie?

    Of course, if one does not know whether they are lying it is wise to ask questions rather than to simply follow blindly.  The concept that "drinking the Kool-aid" is wrapped up in is fair warning that we should use a body of established evidence rather than unquestioningly follow an idea. 

    Many ideas can sound good at first, but now I am reminded of a C.S. Lewis quote: When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.

    1. Ericdierker profile image47
      Ericdierkerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      For some reason this makes me think of religion, evolution, global warming and our two party system. A group of politicians, priests or scientists get together and agree on something so we think it is correct.

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      threekeysposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you RTalloni that because a group believes something is so, doesn't mean it is. But what a formidable force!
      So it is once someone says a lie often enough and long enough people can believe it to be true. What does it ask of you then?

    3. RTalloni profile image90
      RTalloniposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Not sure what you mean in the last paragraph's question, or if it is just meant to be thought provoking.  People have believed lies told often enough for a very long time. Nothing new about that issue.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    No. A group of people believing something outrageous and impossible is usually called a conspiracy theory with a following, not necessarily "truth".
    The problem with saying a majority agrees so it is right means is regularly overturned in science except when politics makes such free exchange and testing of ideas difficult (see the fake 97% consensus on global warming for this example).

  4. manatita44 profile image83
    manatita44posted 2 years ago

    A truth is a Truth if it makes you feel good, worthy, peaceful; if it leads you out of the darkness of the tunnel and into the Light.

    A Truth is a truth if it takes you from the mind-room and into the realm of the Heart, the childlike Heart. Anything that makes you weak, reject like poison; lay hold of that which encourages, inspires, awakens, makes you strong, like a good medicine.

    All else is but secondary detail. Listen not to Manatita, but the voice of Conscience. This becomes stronger with inner silence, prayer and meditation. Much Love, my Dear Friend, ThreeKeys

    1. Ericdierker profile image47
      Ericdierkerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Really nice answer.

    2. manatita44 profile image83
      manatita44posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, ThreeKeys, for best answer. Are you sure that you do not wish me to write a poem for you? You are probably the first I've asked, but not all like my tributes, I've discovered. Gratitude ...much. Thanks Eric.


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