Truth? What is truth? What is this intangible thing that we all know but can’t define? This article just may help answer that question for you.
This is an inquiry into the question, “What is truth?” I will start with some examples to shed some light on the subject. Then I will delve deeper toward the answer by discussing the six most accepted steps in recognizing and testing for truth. I will conclude with some definitions of truth. Including my own and the one definition that, in my opinion, is the very best.
First: Truth is agreement with fact or reality. In other words, if you think that vitamin C will cure the common cold, this, to you, equals fact. If vitamin C has been proven scientifically to cure the common cold, then this becomes a reality. So if we take this one step further, we can say any thought is true if it expresses a fact that is in agreement with a reality.
Truth, as stated, refers to conformity between the thought or fact and reality. The point of the equation “it takes two to make a truth” is that it takes a thought or fact AND a reality put together to equal the truth.
Aristotle said, “Where there is no mind there can be no truth.” He is not saying that where there are no minds, there is no truth to be known. But I think that what he is trying to say here is that if an individual is incapable of using his mind, of perceiving thought then that person would also be incapable of receiving facts and therefore could not know truth even in its most basic form.
I am in agreement with Aristotle on this concept but I think that it is important to digress momentarily to make it clear that he was referring to truth as a concept as opposed to truth as an object. By an object, I mean something capable of creating a visual image. For example if I say “car” you would visualize a metal object with four wheels which you could drive from point A to point B.
According to the Encyclopedia Americana, “Where you have truth and knowledge rejected as harmful by human society, that society will decay… Exploitation of human credulity by astrology, quick Edison, deceptive advertising and any number of short cuts to ‘happiness’ illustrates the difficulty of realizing the ideal (of truth open) in practice. The demands made on a genuine and truth seeker are severe, and the truth is not easily recognized, even when available.”