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).
- Conformity to fact or actuality.
- A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
- Sincerity; integrity.
- Fidelity to an original or standard.
- Reality; actuality.
- 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 Truth. Ahhh oh my I will be reading all night and most likely not comprehending or understanding a thing I am reading.
- Coherence theory of truth
- Consensus theory of truth
- Correspondence theory of truth
- Deflationary theory of truth
- Epistemic theories of truth
- Indefinability theory of truth
- Pragmatic theory of truth
- Redundancy theory of truth
- Semantic theory of truth
- So at this point I have decided not to write anymore and leave you all to your own research on truth. I used the search engine Ask.com and typed in the word Truth. I wish you good like in finding your meaning of truth because the one thing I do know for sure is there is no authentic,truthful meaning of truth.