Here a truth, there a truth, everywhere a truth…

I have heard a lot lately about “speaking one’s own truth.” It seems a popular notion that truth, like beauty, is in the eye (or mind) of the beholder. I will concede that opinions, perspectives, and emotions are all individual and may be completely different form person to person. But truth? Isn’t what is true independent of who perceives it?

As a high school math teacher, I am faced daily with those who are entirely convinced that what they subscribed to as an “answer” is completely true. Some of them will argue the point long after I have shown them how to correctly solve the problem. I have tried to tell them that no matter how firmly they believe that 2 + 2 = 5, it just is not true. Truth, real truth, is like this.

The most significant argument for the existence of truth is the fact that there exists those things which are absolutely not true. So, we propose that all things have an opposite and that, therefore, truth must exist. Now we begin this new year with the quest for truth and, in order to find truth, we follow the trail of those things which are true back to the source of truth.

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