Living with the truth is, in fact, what EXTREME ETHICS is all about.
John Ransom in a recent column: “Today all you have to do is repeat a thing often enough and it becomes truth. …(P)eople can no longer recognize even their own lies. They can’t distinguish between what is true and the fantasy that exists only in their imagination. And…there’s only one word you can use to describe it: psychosis.” Strong words, remarkably well-put and worthy of our attention. But wait… Is it the TRUTH?
Well, before we can deal with that question it’s necessary to come to terms with truth.
Truth is, simply, what is, tangible and verified or verifiable, real and actual, that exists. It is a noun and only a noun, one and the same as reality and fact; it does not require even the word the to express it. Truth is. Anything else is not.
The word true, on the other hand, is a modifier (adjective, adverb) once removed from truth. A true statement is a statement about something, not a thing, and has an opposite: false.
But truth has no opposite. It is instead the absence of falsehood. Further, to decide that something is false requires a standard. That standard is TRUTH.
And as a standard, truth does not change with the times. It is a given—absolute and unconditional—that the world cannot exist without. The earth was flat for people in the 4th Century (a true statement, but not truth). While it’s true that they believed it and in fact lived it, for something to be truth it must be true before, true now, and true in the future. The statement obviously is not.
An exercise in mere ‘semantics’? No, a distinction that must be made. One can debate true, but not truth. Living with the truth requires living with reality, not anything else.
The world can exist without lies. Lies are a product, an artifact, of man rather than a fact of nature. We in fact live with truth (what is) inevitably every day whether or not we recognize it. Lies are what we construct to mask the truth for whatever reason.
To conclude this piece, let’s consider Ransom’s word psychosis: phobia, obsession, lunacy, insanity, mental illness—all artifacts of man, products of lies understood or not. Is that your choice?
Living with the truth only requires that we actively deny—do not accept—lies. Extreme? You bet, but it’s your choice—to be real or not. Can you handle it?
You can start with politicians…