Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Truth Is...

Truth is.... well... if you think about it.... truth is whatever the heck you want it to be. Alright, hear me out before clicking away or getting flustered. Truth, to an individual, is something they hold as real and factual. I can truly believe the sky is purple or maybe that the grass is magenta, but I don't think that in real life, why? This is where evidence comes in to play. if war were to break out, the side with the best support wins, this is the exact same case with truth. The more evidence or proof a truth has, the stronger it becomes and allows it to be more easily accepted by others as true. hence, the sky is blue and the grass is green.

Now, how does one find the magical evidence? You look for it of course! For my make cycle #2 for my English 1103 class I made a video of me and my friend Maria exploring the Discovery Place museum. The point of this project was to express the importance of adventure. Going out and observing the world for yourself fills the mind with the evidence you find, and in turn forms the truths specific to you. A great example in the video is the butterfly towards the end. The sign asks, "Is the butterfly blue?" We look at it and automatically establish that the truth is that the butterfly is in fact blue. But what happens when the light is turned on? By simply exploring the subject we soon find that the butterfly is actually a different color.

After learning a little of maps, I consider evidence as a map of sorts. This Is American Life brought the point that "maps have meaning because they filter out all the chaos in the world". This is why people can change what they hold as truth when provided with this all powerful evidence. Giving evidence is the equivalent of giving maps that filter out all other thoughts, theories, opinions, etc. and to lead to the truth. Just a little food for thought. Here is the link for the This Is American Life: Mapping radio talk: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/110/mapping

But in the end it is what we think that is most important to ourselves. I found in the Bible that it says "Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth." If religion isn't quite your thing, then consider this, Roger Ailes said "Truth is whatever people will believe." So, what is your truth, and can I see its map?

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