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Can Truth Be Real?

September 26, 2010

When people hear the word “truth,” arguably everyone believes whatever context it is used in to result in a correct answer or a fact. But, can truth really be determined or known? People as a whole think there is an answer to everything, but how can we say that? Yes, experiments and experiences seem to give us “truths,” but the variables that play into determining whether something is true or not do not seem to be fully known. We can assume that if this one thing happens, then this other thing happens to be right, but we still have to look at the “if” in this if-then statement. For the “if this one thing happens” to have a right or wrong answer, there has to be some sort of fact before this proving we can even get to this point. Thus, if this one thing happens, then thing happens, which then proves that the final thing happens.

But now the question is how far back do we go to determine something must be a truth. If the “if” part of the statements continued, they seem like they would be going on forever or since the beginning of time. If the “if” continues on and on, is there a way to really be certain about anything and be able to say “there is truth in this statement?” I honestly could not tell you.

I believe things to be true or have truth, but that’s because if I decided not to believe, there would be no way to progress onto anything. It would be a big loop of uncertain living. Thus, given the information I know, I consider “truth” as truth. But when thinking deeply about this idea of “truths” and whether they can and do exist, it really is hard to say where the logic in truth begins and falls apart.

It almost can be argued that what you believe to be true relies heavily on your morals. I mean, the best example is religion versus science; people seem to believe something is the truth if someone else teaches or indoctrinates you and then they follow these beliefs as if they have to be true. That idea is the same as going into a classroom and learning from a professor or teacher. Someone who thinks they know something teaches what they have learned to be true. And a professor learned from someone else in the same manner, thus learning from a professor really isn’t a “primary source.” Calculations in mathematics, although they seem to make sense, how can you know for a fact the variables have to exist in that way? I think they exist in that way because it makes sense to me, but for all anyone knows, the concepts could all be fake somewhere down the “if” line.

One Comment
  1. jaclburr permalink
    September 27, 2010 1:18 PM

    You raise excellent points.
    Many times the tendency of people to be closed-minded and stubbornly hold onto something they feel to be truth is a great downfall in society. On the other hand, it is our ability to hold tightly to what we believe is true that can also accomplish great things.
    We should recognize that often there is no proof for things to be true, except for our own morals and beliefs, as you said.

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