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I read recently in a book on philosophy, the truth is only something your contemporaries let you get away with saying.
The line struck a wire in my head. Creating a conversation in my head about the dynamics of the world and the nature of stuff we believe in.
Here is what I think.
Things like science can’t exactly be proven (And before you say WTF Raghav hear me out). Nothing can be proven to be honest. Something we choose to call a fact is something we believe as the truth. Your truth isn’t my truth, and neither of those truths is the truth.
Stuff we call science or math are sets of convention we choose to adopt or believe. Even language is a set of the convention. While this is a slightly radical idea, why do we speak a certain way? Why do we follow grammar and punctuation? Under social pressure or the structure or construct of society, we adopt certain beliefs or ideologies or create our own interpretation or version that we slowly adopt and make our version of the truth.
We are a hundred percent of the things we experience and 0% of the things we don’t experience. What do I mean by this? You are made of the things you see, the things you watch, read, the people you’re around, the sounds you hear, the things you study, touch or feel.
Your world is a chain reaction of infinite influences that constantly presents you with new ideas and ideologies that you can decide to adopt or pick characteristics or elements from.
So, coming back to my opening statement. The truth is something your contemporaries let you get away with saying. When two people’s truths match that is a consensus that becomes the truth between those two people. When this truth is widely adopted it takes the shape of banners like religion, mathematics, science, sociology, philosophy, the things that we believe to be the building blocks of society.
When a faction of society that has a radically different truth to ours breaks away we deem them outcasts or terrorists or extremists or cults or simply discriminate against them or simply single them out. I am not saying what a lot of them do is correct. It is definitely wrong according to my version of the truth but those are the ideals they believe to be their truth.
While the nature of this article will make almost anything I do hypocritical, I will say this, I do follow convention or whatever convention I find most convenient. However, after thinking over this, I am more understanding of other people’s conventions or Truths.