There’s a funny thing about the word “truth”…
Well, it’s not that funny for those of us who seek to live in “reality”.
You see, the word truth is subjective. One man’s truth may be another man’s fiction. And yet both can’t help but be bound within reality, for reality exists regardless of perceived truth. While reality does not change, truth can be declared to be completely opposite of reality, reinforced by media, popular culture, and even the law to overpower and cover up reality.
Let’s use a hypothetical example.
Let’s say that in reality, you just murdered a man on camera in front of 2 witnesses. In reality, this fact exists despite what one man believes is the truth (think O.J Simpson). For instance, your mother might never believe you are a murderer no mater what evidence is put before her. She could literally watch you commit the act on that camera footage and still hold tightly to her own personal truth – that her son or daughter could never commit murder.
Now let’s say you are standing in court accused of murder. But lets also say that you have either killed or silenced through bribery or threat and duress all witnesses, and have managed to magnetically erase all film footage from that surveillance tape (with mother’s help).
Has reality changed?
No. You killed that man. There were witnesses. The murder was indeed caught on tape. Nothing has changed in reality, for reality can never be changed.
Has the truth and the re-presentation of truth changed?
Absolutely. For the truth is ultimately going to be decided by the final opinion of the jury in that courtroom, whom did not witness reality. The jury is not considering reality, only truth; no matter how far from reality that truth is presented. The jury’s consideration of truth is only as good as the evidence introduced into that court, and yet reality is not ever one of the things presented, for reality took place long before that court proceeding. History of reality is but the best accepted truth of past reality. In fact, a court is literally the re-presentment of a simulated history of reality based on nothing but current truth. But if the truth is a lie or a misrepresentation of reality, as it almost always is, then we are faced with a daunting reality…
That there is no truth!
There is only reality.
In the end, since no evidence of reality was able to be presented in court, the jury is literally required to base their opinion upon the truth instead of reality. And ultimately, in this case of your murdering another man, the truth is of course the opposite of reality. And the reality is that you just got away with murder based on a lack of representative proof of reality…
Or you could say that the truth has just indeed set you free!
In fact, this pretty much sounds like the reason government appears to operate legitimately. After all, government is a fictional entity that controls reality by manipulating the truth about its own reality. And of course government controls the courts that ultimately decide on the reality of truth. Thus, it could be said that the fictional, de facto (illegitimate) government acts in the realm of purposefully corrupted truth, and is thus immune from reality. This, in a word, can be defined as “sovereignty”. Government is only as real as the belief of the people in its truth.
But let’s really pin this down by taking a look at how these words are defined in the dictionary:
Truth (from Webster’s Dictionary of English Language, 1828)
1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value.
2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth. Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
3. Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth. Shall truth fail to keep her word?
4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.
5. Correct opinion.
6. Fidelity; constancy.
7. Honesty; virtue.
8. Exactness; conformity to rule.
9. Real fact of just principle; real state of things. There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.
13. It is sometimes used by way of concession.
Wow! Truth is conformity to fact, words, or thoughts? What if the fact, words, or thoughts are not based in reality? After all, it was a true fact that the Earth was flat, and that sailors might foll off the edge into space. But this truth was not reality. Truth is a “correct opinion”? Really? What about the opinion of the court, which is always by law correct until altered (as if reality can be altered)? What about when the court’s opinion was that citizens should be subject to eugenic sterilization? Was that truth? And if truth is honesty, what do we call it when an honest man states a lie while believing it to be the honest truth? Many men have known the truth, only to find later that they were incorrect in their assumption. And yet reality never changed, because reality is not based on current, past, or future “truth”, but is in fact immune from the perception of truth.
It would be equally accurate to say God’s existence, whether real or not, is also completely immune from the many thousands of truths called religious beliefs and doctrine. God needs not man’s truth (belief) to exist in reality… or to not exist.
Half-Truth (From Black’s Law 2nd Edition)–
A deceitful act where only part of the truth is told where all of the truth will lead to a different conclusion.
So there can be a half-truth… and yet there is no such thing as a half-reality…
Reality, n. (From Webster’s Dictionary of English Language, 1828)
1. Actual being or existence of any thing; truth; fact; in distinction from mere appearance. A man may fancy he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning.
2. Something intrinsically important, not merely matter of show. And to realities yield all her shows.
3. In the schools, that may exist of itself, or which has a full and absolute being of itself, and is not considered as a part of any thing else.
4. In law, immobility, or the fixed, permanent nature of property; as chattels which savor of the reality.
So while the truth can sometimes in happenstance mirror reality, the truth does not have a requirement to be true to or describe reality. Truth may be a belief that is not steeped in reality, and yet still be believed to be reality. And truth may be manufactured to appear to be reality, even though it is not… and that truth will be believed over reality. While truth needs not be created with intrinsic value, reality is the definition of something intrinsic. Reality cannot be un-intrinsic or false, while the illusion of truth may certainly prevail over intrinsic reality. And while reality has only one disposition, which is reality itself, the truth may have multiple dispositions – some of which even contradict each other.
So, in reality, the truth really only has one post-requisite requirement to be accepted as reality… belief by others. And preferably in politics, this is a belief by the majority of the masses.
Isn’t it time to retire the “Truth Movement” for a better and more realistic alternative? After all, how many truths are there about 9/11?
Isn’t it time to comprehend that “truth” will never be officially recognized as reality?
Isn’t it time to stop letting the reality of crimes and criminals be masked by the false-truth that government courts spew out to protect those crimes and criminals?
Isn’t it time to become the “Reality Movement”?
For truth is the Matrix!!!
–Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
–Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014