Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth....Marcus Aurelius
Ask anyone today, “What is truth?” and you’re sure to start an interesting conversation.
How much do we hear or see in an average day?
Are your recollections of what you heard more your opinion than actual fact?
So what is the everyday definition of truth?
We are imperfect beings and our memories about what we heard and saw are not perfect either.
We need to remember this and know that what we heard or what others hear us say is an opinion.
when we hear someone speak about something, we need to ask is that fact or their opinion of what they experienced ?
In the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth.
Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts.
Many today think truth is relative to their circumstances however, what is true for one person is not necessarily true for another and truth is relative to that person so there becomes no absolute right and no absolute wrong.
Truth is an abstract notion meaning fidelity or compliance with facts and it is the least attainable of the three elements of truth, fact and perception.
Differences in facts, perception, interpretation of intention and opinion create conflict and will always do so.
We can read seven newspapers a day, scan dozens of web sites and blogs, watch TV, listen to radio and talk to experts, we can accumulate mounds of facts.
But do we really know the truth of anything?
Your perspective on life shapes your thoughts, attitudes, decisions and ultimately your actions.
What you see is your perspective based on what you believe possible, what you believe to be true and not actual truth.
What this means is that more often than not you are viewing things not as they actually are, but as you perceive them to be based on the perspective you have formed about life.
By whatever means people seek truth, however, they often have difficulty distinguishing it from the seeming reality of their own perceptions.
Your belief structure determines your perception which then ultimately determines how you respond to events and there is only ‘your’ version of events which is essentially your perception.
It is also important to note that how you choose to perceive things is how they come across to you.
Our personal perceptions play a huge role in how we view our own life and our estimation of our successes and failures will depend entirely on the framework of our personal perceptions.
Everything we see, experience, think and feel is adjusted to fit with our perceptions in our life so in other words, our version of reality is a creation of our beliefs.
If this is correct, how can we know with certainty what to believe and how we should live?
Things are not always as they seem and we don’t always hear or see everything that happened, so there is always room for some doubt.
Your opinion is your opinion and your perception is your perception and it would be wise not confuse them with facts or truth as you can also damage your reputation and eventually your character if you continue to be belligerent about such things.
Is that how you want to be known, how you want to be remembered?
Any way you cut it, when people distort the truth, they put their credibility at risk while lowering their personal standards of honesty.
People see and experience life through their own mind and senses and from their own unique perspective and awareness level.
Perception and perspective determine how clearly and truly you see life and how fulfilling or unfulfilling life is for you.
If someone asks you for your opinion, give it honestly, even if it is not what they want to hear however please take care here, as there is a difference between giving your honest opinion and just cutting someone else’s dreams down.
Never dismiss another person’s dreams.
Perception is not reality, or rather it may be your reality but that doesn’t mean it’s mine.
And it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the truth.