There is no such thing as “my truth” or “your truth”. There is “my perspective” or “my interpretation” but “The Truth” is fact, and much more. It is reality. It is what we are all seeking to find. Unique individuals see and experience the truth differently – like a feather and stone experience gravity differently – but they are being pulled by the same force. We have subjective experience with objective truth*. It is useful to try and see things from others perspective because the more sides you see of the truth, the more you grasp it. But perspective is not independent truth.
I think the “my truth” trend is the most dangerous idea being perpetrated on our society today, particularly for our youth and children. Telling our children to find “your truth” gives them absolutely no grounding in life, no ideal to work toward, and no standard to measure their or others behavior. It’s sending our children into the dark woods without a light, map, or destination, and crossing our fingers that they won’t get devoured by wolves. As they venture out into those woods of unbounded “truths”, “their truth” will quickly and inevitably collide with others “truths’”. No one can thrive in such chaos and uncertainly. They cannot know if they have succeeded, if they should feel pride or shame, or if they are right or wrong. In their confusion, they are likely to latch on to a more stable truth – a confident wolf in sheep’s clothing- an ideology they can join minds with, to navigate the chaos. It may be Marxism, Ethno-nationalism, Gender or Sexual Identitarinism….something to make their path more certain.
When we spread the lie of relative truth we are not being inclusive and liberal – we are manipulating reality in order to allow all people to act however they want, perhaps in an effort to free ourselves of guilt for acting out our own basest instincts. This will not lead to love and happiness, but narcissism and broken relationships. We all have a moral code buried deep in our psyche, a sense of right and wrong – we can dull it with neglect and indoctrination- but we will never truly feel peace of conscience, never feel we have progressed, never feel we are “good” – while untethered to The Truth.
C.S. Lewis said, “I want God, not my idea of God.” I want the Truth, not my idea of truth. So next time you hear the phrase “my truth” or “your truth”, let it bother you – because it should.
*Objective truth = truth does not originate from our own mind, there is an external source of truth. My truth = truth is what I decide. “My truth” is most often communicated to mean, “I set my own rules.” This is incorrect. However, this does not mean God’s will is the same for all of us, or always looks the same. He is The Truth, and He dishes it out according to his plan and purpose. Yet He leaves us with many tools to discover it. I plan on doing another post, pulling from great thinkers, clarifying what “The Truth” really means.
C.S. Lewis. The Poison of Subjectivism
Post on countering relativism as mothers. https://philosophyofmotherhood.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/jordan-peterson-2-mothers-as-composers-of-potential/
7 thoughts on “My Truth Does Not Exist”
For such an abstract concept this is very well written. It gives one much to think about.
Very well said. You are right, there is only one Truth.
It is written in the Natural Law. God gave each of us a way to find it, we just have to be open to his guidance and we won’t truly be at peace until we have it.
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I love your writing and critical thinking but I respectfully disagree. I am closer and closer to uncovering “my truth” the more I unlearn all of the crap that society has placed upon me as a woman, mother and wife. My truth doesn’t mean that I set my own rules but rather I follow what’s deep in my heart.
We certainly do need to dig deep to find truth sometimes but I do maintain that despite many distortions by men – objective truth exists and we can be guided to it. It can be a life long journey to uncover sometimes. Thanks for reading!
I would love to hear what you view as objective truth. Many thanks for your thoughts.
Not sure if you read this section at the end but this is a very brief view of it. *Objective truth = truth does not originate from our own mind, there is an external source of truth. My truth = truth is what I decide. “My truth” is most often communicated to mean, “I set my own rules.” This is incorrect. However, this does not mean God’s will is the same for all of us, or always looks the same. He is The Truth, and He dishes it out according to his plan and purpose. Yet He leaves us with many tools to discover it. I plan on doing another post, pulling from great thinkers, clarifying what “The Truth” really means.
Another is the analogy of rays of sunlight coming through clouds . We each see the same light but our individual experience, passions, talents, and knowledge filter the truth . the problem with the “my truth” doctrine is that it leaves a space for accepting behaviors that ARE not acceptable under any cirucmstance.
Ahh. I dig the ray of sunlight coming through the clouds analogy. Thanks again 🙂
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