I think this graphic was from the “Tao and Zen” Facebook site. Of course since I’d just been writing about TRUTH in general, I was interested in it and in reading some of the extensive comments posted under it.
Fascinating! Even the statement within the graphic created controversy.
Comments were verbose and varied. This was a graphic magnet for conflicting iron filings creating very strange patterns as they scattered about below the image frame. One guy even said “This belief/statement is neither Buddhist nor Taoist. Why are YOU posting it?”
I mean there were commenters who declared that there was NO TRUTH. There were those who declared the subjectivity/relativity of TRUTH. There were some who commented on religious versions of truth, and some who took a shot at our current politics—to which an entire string of counter-comments followed—many hot and hateful—which is neither Buddhist nor Taoist.
There were even those who declared the Seinfeld/George Costanza’s quote, “Just remember. It’s not a lie, if you believe it”. Not surprisingly this actually drew some agreements, and then more political comments, etc, etc.
Clearly lots of folks had diverse opinions on TRUTH itself and the ability of others to recognize it, IF there actually was such a thing as TRUTH.
Personally, my two-cents worth is that for our life experience in its current form, there are personal truths and collective truths. And this blog is about helping/supporting you in “Finding Your Truth” so I DO believe there is subjectivity to truth in one sense, but I also believe there are “collective” TRUTHs that we all share—often called ‘Common TRUTHs.’
And I’m fairly sure that there are such things as “absolute” truths that we may never be able to comprehend due to our current, restricted recognition abilities, so within our human limitations during this life experience we may only be capable of recognizing “relative” truths—relative to the dimension of existence that we inhabit and to the TIME-frame that we follow.
Therefore in my own universe’s dominion, how does a “relative” truth differ from a “subjective” truth?
As I mentioned earlier, “subjective” is personal to your own experience. Everyone may have experienced childhood in whatever manner that it occurred for them, but NOT everyone experienced the SAME childhood situations or challenges. So YOUR truth in that respect is personal and subjective to how you view it or experienced it.
When I position “relative” truth against “absolute” truth, I am saying that there is a “COMMON COLLECTIVE TRUTH” that we all share, but that common truth is “relative” to living in our shared dimension called LIFE during this phase of TIME. Beyond this dimension, that same TRUTH may not apply. But as long as we exist here in this limited-awareness dimension, the best we can comprehend will be “relative” to our Common Collective TRUTH, besides adding our “subjective” versions of how our lives play out for us.
Clear as mud, right? Yeah.
It took a long time for me to differentiate the distinctions I’m explaining here, so I’m sorry if this initially confuses you, but I’m pretty sure it’s fairly accurate per what I’ve seen with my own eyes and heard from my clients during my hypnosis Past-Life Explorations and Spirit-world Explorations sessions that I’ve personally conducted. It is truly amazing (and sometimes jaw-dropping) how pliable what we call ‘REALITY’ can be.
So until you have an experience that helps you better understand my attempted definitions above, I guess you’ll just have to decide for yourself whether or not YOU believe in such a thing as TRUTH.
And then determine how that TRUTH plays out for you in your own life.