What version of the “truth” do you believe?

15 thoughts on “What version of the “truth” do you believe?”

  1. Love this, Steve. So true. And it’s important to recognize that our own truth can change. If we let ourselves believe that what we think=us, we’ll be stuck, unable to grow and evolve. Though you can probably guess where we fall on the political spectrum, we try to stay open to other ideas and the experiences of others to shape our evolving thinking. That openness is important, especially as we get older. Last thing we want is to get stuck in our ways or beliefs, especially after we retire. Guessing you agree!

    1. Yup, I absolutely agree – remaining stubbornly behind our truths over the course of a lifetime can seriously close a lot of doors…doors that may have otherwise provided a pathway towards a better, happier life.

      Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

  2. “Retiring at 60 just does not sound all that much fun to us. Driving around expensive cars no longer appeals to our better judgment. Big houses and expensive things do not bring lifelong happiness.”

    Check, check, and check. You speak the truth, at least to me 🙂

  3. Hmm. Your personal truth will always be that cigarettes don’t kill. Until they kill someone you know, or until the doctor tells you that you have lung cancer or COPD or heart disease because of it.

    Your American car may very well be an unsafe car, or an unreliable one. (I don’t know, because I have never looked at the statistics, because I don’t own a car). It hasn’t killed you yet, but that still doesn’t mean that it can’t be the unsafest car around.

    I’ve had this discussion with my in-laws, who drove around for years without seat belts. And they never got killed. So they thought driving without seatbelts was safe. However, driving without seatbelts killed many others. Since seatbelts became mandatory, traffic accident deaths have decreased a lot, and we know that part of that is because people now often wear seatbelts. (Other parts could be safer cars, safer roads, better health care etc).

    So I plead for a use of statistics now and then. Your car hasn’t failed you yet, your cigarette hasn’t killed you yet, your lack of giving accurate sexual education hasn’t caused a teenage pregnancy or STD in your own children, yet … But statistically speaking, you are at a higher risk of trouble. And for some people, that risk will materialize itself into a true problem.

    Risks can be measured. Sometimes there is A truth.

    1. Thanks Petra, appreciate your thoughts on this matter. And I definitely agree, the use of data and statistics can certainly be a qualifying factor in what the truth SHOULD BE for some people, depending on their circumstances. And like I said, truths do very much change, and like you alluded to, one’s experiences are often the catalyst.

  4. I always think of truth as being something that is factual and has no room for debate. So, I tend to think of matters like this as more of a belief – which is more based on a trust or faith. But, you do make a good point – it does come down to the confidence we have in our decisions!

    But, I do appreciate the range of ‘truths’ that people hold – it makes the world a more vibrant place!

    1. I agree, Mrs. SSC! If there was only one way to do everything, it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting going through life, and everybody would essentially be doing the exact same thing until something busts at the seams.

      I enjoy the ability to make my own trail through life – the trail that works best for my wife and I. 🙂

  5. Very insightful. I was literally just thinking about this the other day. Why do we do the things we do? We do we believe the things we believe? And why are we so different?

    Is it because we are stupid? No, it’s because we are remarkable! We are filled with emotions, faith, experiences, opinions, etc. Truth is…truth is relative.

    1. Thanks for reading, Luke. I don’t know if [the collective] “we” will ever truly answer the question “Why do we do the things we do?”, but it sure is fun to try. 🙂

  6. Without getting too preachy here, I think it’s great that everyone has their own personal truths. It does make the world very interesting and great to hang out and talk with new people. On the contrary when those “truths” are based on ignorance (like Petra mentioned above) it can get a little frustrating. These are the people I tend to hold my tongue with and just let it go, because it’s not worth debating.

    1. I absolutely agree, Fervent. There are a lot of truths out there that are based on ignorance and biases, and those should definitely be ignored. I think that is where having confidence comes into play and not worrying too much about what other people believe.

      Thanks for reading.

  7. Great topic Steve. People, including myself, tell themselves their own version of the truth for sure. Everyone should get to share their own opinion, even if it’s difficult to hear sometimes. That’s what makes us all so different. That’s why I read blogs or go on Twitter… I am curious to see what others have to say. It’s in our DNA. We’re curious beings. Yet, when we disagree with someones truth, something changes. We go into defense-mode or debate. Yet another part of our human nature. It’s fascinating when you think about it. And frustrating! Excellent post, my good sir.

    1. Hey Chris,

      I agree, it is frustrating. I also think that many like to read opinions of others, but as a means to justify their own perspective on the issue rather than going in with a truly open mind. But those who actively seek alternative points of view, I think, are the ones that I want to learn from. 🙂

      Thanks Chris – appreciate your response!

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