“That is my truth”, is a phrase believed to have its origin in 1955 by a member of the American Friends Service Committee. The expression was meant to suggest that one’s life experience is subjective. When speaking with a person, we cannot begin to know what is in the person’s head so we can’t understand everything the person has experienced concerning the topic being discussed. It is conceivable that when the words “my truth” are said, it is as a rebuttal in the hope that the discussion will be dropped and they will be allowed to live their life “authentically” or the way they so choose. What that person does not fully grasp is that every adult citizen has the power of freewill and can always choose to live the way they see fit but it does not mean their actions are based on the truth or that they alone can enjoy their own special truth.
Even before 1955, all children were taught…well almost all them, that every truth is universal and designed by our Creator. If you decided to dye your hair, lime green and someone told you or even inferred that it was not a natural color, you would have said, “That’s your opinion” not “It’s my truth”. Every truth is true for everyone, anything else, it is an opinion. “Broccoli tastes nasty” is an opinion not a truth. “The sun rises in the morning” is a truth not an opinion.
Truth Vs. Opinion
Why does identifying the truth matter?
No one has the power to elevate an opinion to the level of a truth. Something that is true is true for everyone and has always been true for everyone. By giving people, the authority to change what is true and what is false leads people to believe they are more powerful than they really are. That perceived power can lead the youth, the unknowledgeable, and the uninformed to act in a manner not conducive to the truth. The outcomes that follow will be negative in nature.
No one should knowingly lead people away from the truth. That is why we send our children to school; they are supposed to teach from a repository of truth. Society depends on people following the truth. That is why the laws of any society should be crafted based on the truth. “It is wrong to allow people to kill others.”; this is a nearly universal societal law and a widely held moral and ethical value. When laws are based on a lie, it is unjust to all, not just to those who dislike it based on their personal values. That is why, since the ruling of Roe v. Wade, the United States has been deeply divided. Our Constitution, which our Republic was founded upon, grants the citizens three inalienable rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. When our government sanctions, as a society, that the abortion of a healthy infant, for no other reason than the parents do not want to have a child, that is an unjust law by every standard of measurement. When the people are forced to honor any unjust law, it brings into question the justness of every law; chiseling away at the element of trust. Without trust there is decent within the ranks causing separation and discord which eventually will lead to chaos unless quickly made right.
We have had other unjust laws but they were overturned rather quickly and the people were told it should have never been done. The abortion debate is the first that stood for so long and during that time, many, many more unjust laws have been passed; eroding the truth from our schools and homes. We must regain civility and honesty in this Country or soon America will no longer be, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
If this is my last post, I want all to know, there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” and the soon to be released “The Power of the Wisdom of Three”