3/05/07  Speak the truth always – unknown

After reading this I made a journal entry in my visual journal and thought about peoples need to speak absolutes truth. I have always thought the rigid lines of truth became wavy when speaking the truth hurt another person. I am referring to simple truths here for instance when a friend asks do I look fat today? I would never be able to  answer truthfully if it meant saying yes I think you look puffy and at least five pounds heavier. At this point I felt I needed to make this post more intellectual because I had grand notions of writing a very insightful post on the meaning of truth. So I started with this dictionary meaning and knew immediately I was in trouble because I was not familiar with the words veracity,verity and verisimilitude. But I kept reading.
n., pl. truths (trūTHz, trūths).

  1. Conformity to fact or actuality.
  2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
  3. Sincerity; integrity.
  4. Fidelity to an original or standard.
    1. Reality; actuality.
    2. often Truth  That which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

[Middle English trewthe, loyalty, from Old English trēowth.]

SYNONYMS  truth, veracity, verity, verisimilitude. These nouns refer to the quality of being in accord with fact or reality. Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies accuracy and honesty: “We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences” (Charles Seymour). Veracity is adherence to the truth: “Veracity is the heart of morality” (Thomas H. Huxley). Verity often applies to an enduring or repeatedly demonstrated truth: “beliefs that were accepted as eternal verities” (James Harvey Robinson). Verisimilitude is the quality of having the appearance of truth or reality: “merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative” (W.S. Gilbert).

Now I am completely humbled and realize that I need to do some more in depth reading before this amazing post will be able to materialize. I ventured into reading some of the philosopher’s definition of truth. I scanned Aristotle, Nietzche, Kant and Baudrillard . Yes I was becoming more confused with each sentence I was reading. Then the straw that broke this camel’s back was when I stumbled upon this list of Theory’s of TruthSc008f637b. Ahhh oh my I will be reading all night and most likely not comprehending or  understanding a thing I am reading.

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5 Responses to Truth

  1. Chani says:

    I’m not sure telling the truth is an excuse to be hurtful or harmful. It’s a huge subject and even knowing the truth (such as any of us know it for certain) is also knowing that sometimes tact demands keeping it to ourselves. 🙂

  2. Kateri says:

    I always think of Ahimsa (non-violence) when I think of truth. If the truth (as we perceive it) will be harmful…then we must think really hard about it. I prefer to err on the side of not telling it if it is going to cause harm. I wrote a post a while back on truth…can’t remember what it was called, but I know I went into this quite a bit. Now my own truth? yes… I can tell it…but if it affects someone else and could be harmful…no.

  3. “Truth” is a word, and as such is a symbol of a symbol. It can’t be defined because words are inadequate to contain our experiences, any of our experiences – but in particular, when struggling to reach peace and harmony with the life force that drives us – as we are in this journey of self-discovery now overtaking our lives, there comes a time in that process where one progresses past the possibility of trying to limn the energies and experiences of being in words. Being is NOT, in the end, an experience which can be captured in linear time, because time itself is an illusion – and the closer we get to the pure energy of the Love of All That Is which is the center of All and every thought, the less able we are to speak it – we must live it. Any explanation of Truth or Love or Light or the other great concepts and forces of being which are spoken in symbol (language) will be incomplete – because language is Linear and thus, cannot capture the true nature of the All That Is of those concepts. You know when you are in Truth, just breathe there, don’t look to capture it – it’s always existed and always will and trying to hold it, is like trying to hold water – the fluid and enormous and eternal flowing nature of it defies being held captive. Live the wave. Love you dear friend.

  4. linni says:

    Speaking from an open heart is truth for me… reminding myself that i’m talking from a heart of love… makes it even more truthful… a heart of love.. words … truth..xx

  5. linni says:

    Speaking from an open heart is truth for me… reminding myself that i’m talking from a heart of love… makes it even more truthful… a heart of love.. words … truth..xx

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