You Don't Have to Be a Philosopher to Understand the Nature of Truth
You Mean Your Middle Name isn’t “Socrates?”
I get it. But we all need to have a handle on truth. After all, we must “live!” It’s important to understand that “truth” isn’t just the stuff of people with really long Greek names like:
Pythagoras of Samos
Zeno of Elea
Diogenes of Sinope
What is the nature of truth?
Truth is what “is.”
Truth is that which is real, true, or truth. Truth is that which is actual.
It’s another way of saying that ‘Truth’ isn’t simply “what is ‘believed.’ ” What is ‘believed’ is subjective and may or may not have anything to do with reality. Sometimes belief is nothing more than fantasy.
So ‘belief’ may not have a 1 to 1 relationship with reality.
The only time belief is legitimized is when that which is believed is objectively true. Truth (or actuality) legitimizes belief. Anything less isn’t really “truth”– it’s just belief.
The Point: Belief does not equal truth. And just as ‘belief’ doesn’t create truth… neither does disbelief destroy truth.
Truth is ‘truth’ because it is ‘true,’ not simply because it is believed.
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