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There is more than one Truth

Truth is relative and contingent. In as much as we can ever stake claim on any notional Archimedean external point of rational certitude and observation, Facts are necessary and form the warp and weft upon which Truths may be woven. Political, ideological and falsifiable scientific Truths all possess histories which themselves derive from the Facts of our existence in the world…

I have my Truth and you have yours. We both have our reasons for believing what we do and the sooner we both agree that there is more than one Truth, the sooner we will stop bickering and fighting about it all. Truth has a history, as do facts. Facts are somewhat more immutable than are truths but truths are nevertheless derived to at least some extent from facts: the fact of our existence in the world, the facts of the existence of the world and other people, the facts of space and time, the facts of birth and death. Our interpretation of these facts leads us to formulate our world-views, our paradigms and systems of thought – like rationalism, empiricism, humanism, conservatism, liberalism and so many other “-isms”. Our world-views are the filters through which we see the world and from which we derive our own models and conceptions of truth. Our world-view shapes the imaginary space in which we structure and build our own model of Truth. Our personal and cultural biases skew our views and conceptual vocabulary in ways which tend to lead us to see our own beliefs and contingent Truth as self-evident, necessary and foundational. Our world-view defines the architecture of a Truth which then privileges and presupposes the position of our world-view as a fact. Our world-view is not a fact, it is an interpretation of the facts of our existence and the Truth we build upon our world-view is entirely contingent upon a transient, ephemeral moment in history.

We have different Truths, different world-views and each one is just as valid as the other. Like two parallel lines which both remain straight and flawless, extending endlessly towards infinity and inhabiting the same conceptual space — both truths (or as many truths as you care to consider) can exist alongside one another. Those places and spaces where contradictory political, cultural and religious truths might cross paths (where two parallel lines for instance on the surface of a sphere or an otherwise curved space remain no less straight and flawless but may still encounter one another) are not necessarily places of conflict or friction. We can agree to disagree, to experience the existence of other architectures of belief without a need to feel threatened about our own. If we are secure in our own belief there is absolutely no reason to feel threatened by an alternative system with axioms we do not hold to be self-evident, with alien or strange-seeming ways and concepts. Encountering an alternate reality and world-view allows us the freedom to creatively explore the reasons and axioms underlying why we hold our own belief; it is not a threat and never has been.

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