By Hamidah In Publications

What is Truth


a. The possibility of the term “Truth” being defined

* Definitions are things that we always look for, and are always found

  • Whether it is on the internet, a physical copy of a dictionary and/or the seeking of advice of someone.
  • The real inquiry is whether we can find a definition that is truly suitable.

* For the word ‘truth’ to be useful as a word, it needs to be restricted. ○ Definitions that try to contain the input of everybody do not provide us with the essential requirements of a proper definition.

  • My own – unsettled – definition would be along the lines of “Truth is a claim about reality that is verified among others to be correct’.

b.  Personal definition of term “Truth” and explanation 

* truth is a property of statements.

* truth’s principal values are true or false

  • Not signifying  the decision making process of whether something is a fact or not,
  • but rather having reality be the common denominator of approval and disapproval creating a property of statements.

* other values may also be allowed: undecided, undecidable, probable (with a number from zero to one assigned)

  • reasons these factors may be able to surpass the requirements

* the truth value of a statement may be decided by proof, evidence or faith

  • When truth is being established, proof is something that is always looked for exclusively in cases concerning the law
  • Evidence is something we seek to ensure a safety net within our beliefs
  • Faith is used to answer the unknown, and is something close to all religions are built on

* proof of a statement, establishing its truth value is based on following rules of logic from given premises

  • The logic being described is based upon the common re occurrence of certain events or opinions over an extensive periods of time.

* evidence for the truth of a statement is based on establishing a correspondence between terms of the statement and objects, actions or events in the observable world

c.  Connections that religions have truth

I will answer it from Buddhist perspective.

What is truth?

Truth is being true, being truthful, reality.

Reality is about the process, real phenomena; it is not imagined, not thought of. Not names, terms, words, meanings, expression… but the phenomena themselves as they are. Know reality as it is, not via spoken words that is solely perceptual truth.

Natural Truth & Conventional Truth

Two kinds of natural truths

  1. Universal truth – the truth that doesn’t change but consistent everywhere anywhere in all circumstances.
  2. Temporary truth of nature – formations that exist temporarily only during lifetime and completely disappear

Universal truths in nature:

  1. Physicality
  2. Mentality
  3. Mental phenomena 

Temporary truth in nature: all formations: planets, stars and lifeforms. Temporary because of constant changing process.

Conventional truth

  • Perceptual truth
  • Social truth

d. My concluding thoughts

In my opinion truth has the inability to be defined, as it relies on a numerous amount of concepts which are considered to be abstract.

To ameliorate, if the baseline of truth is a fact – as is the basis of a lie. It causes the opposite (a lie) to be the exact same causing subjectivity.

If a number of people experience the same fact then it has more authenticity however it is still abstract.

If the basis of truth relies on a fact being present, there is also the faith needed to believe that the fact is true. Faith and fact have the destined inability to live together in peace.
We’re doomed …

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