In my previous post, I illustrated various stances people take toward capital-T-Truth. All of these models are loaded with problems. The largest problem, though, is that there actually is no such thing called “Truth” with a capital “T”!
Instead of one all-encompassing Truth, the word is only accurately used with a small-t to describe any one of the many domains. And even then the use is fuzzy.
To the right I have thrown up a few domains where people speak about truth — if applicable at all, we need to keep the “t” small. Can you think of more?
Below is an explanation of these Types of truthS:
- Aesthetic Truth: subjective sense of what is beautiful and pleasant to you. Symbol: musical note. Here also falls art, literature, poetry, dance, styles of all sort and tastes of all sorts.
- Mathematical Truth: consistent logic and math. Symbol: integrating sign used in calculus.
- Pragmatic Truth: what works for you. Symbol: a wrench — tools that do the job
- Descriptive Truth: observationally verifiable information. Symbol: a microscope
- Moral Truth: personal values for behavior. Symbol: a good moral person with a halo (the inner feeling of doing something right).
- Salvation Truth: subjective ideas on how to live forever. Symbol: a harp – as symbol for whatever you imagine doing for eternity.
- Ontological Truth: what you feel exists. Symbol: A ghost. Some believe in ghosts, fairies and gods. Some believe in collective unconsciousness and the divine.
- Social Truth: your intuitive bonds and rules for interacting with your in-groups and out-groups. Symbol: a network of connected circles of individuals.
- Ritual Truth: actions without necessary moral, social or pragmatic consequences which you feel are important to make. Symbol: a flame. I am thinking of Vedic or Hebrew sacrifices. These could be religious like Christian communion or as mundane as how many times you wash your hands to carrying a lucky rabbit foot.
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