What is truth?

So many of us walk around with the belief that our ideas, our ways, and our ideologies are conclusions of truth. Some even become complacent with these traditional methods and will broadcast these personal conclusions as definite truths. 

 In a global world with 7-billion people, who can really say that they hold the truth? 

Truth can be subjective and also objective. Truth is also relative and is absolute. Says a friend, “I don’t think anybody has the truth. We have convictions.” He went on to say, “Humans are flawed.” 

Flaws are what many of us hold and continue to project into the world. Books come with flaws, and ideologies and conclusions are also flawed. The information that we are taught and hold dear to our hearts, and minds are filled with mis-truths, but still, we continue to promulgate them as solid conclusions. 

Many times, it is in the trajectory of subjectivity that convinces many that they are walking examples of truth. Some confuse traditions as versions of truth, while many more simply ignore opportunities to connect information that would reveal another angle of truth. Says the late Jean Rhys, “There is always the other side. Always.” 

Even with the abundance of information, there are those who ignore the multidimensionality of concepts. This subjective way of living is entrenched in one’s choice to remain in linear conclusions while existing in a global world. This angle stands in the way of objectivity and stops constructive dialogue from taking place. 

Truth cannot really be classified as such until details are perused in objective ways. Individuals have to look at the issues of the world to see their origins to formulate strong endings, which may lead to solutions of those problems.  In doing so, the opportunity to make conclusions based on empirical evidence brings one closer to a version of truth that may benefit others, but not just the individual. Absolute truth is when all parties involved in a story are examined along with the external factors of the story. Absolute provides a more definite approach to presenting truth that is unbiased. 

Truth cannot remain in the subjective category. It must progress to the objective drop-box since life is constantly revealing new pieces of evidence to add to older facts-and-figures. 

Religious schisms can not be solved by religious people who work mainly to bring others to their respective religions. The divide between religions is an issue in the world and must be analyzed with the understanding that the presence of many denominations’ causes strife between sects. Similarly, income inequality will not be solved by the capitalist who continues to believe that capitalism is a sound, viable system.

One has to look beyond their own beliefs to bring the necessary change into the world.

Relative truth is in-tune with subjective truth, because they serve personal agendas. One group’s conclusions about life is not another’s group’s experience. The history of human behavioral patterns show different experiences and interpretations of those realities. 

Someone from Cuba would tell the story of the Cuban Revolution differently from an American. The individual from Cuba would give their version while the American would tell that history differently.  

A historian would be more in line to tell the objective/absolute version of the revolution since it is their obligation to look at all sides involved. They also have to utilize the cause-and-effect model to present a report that is thorough and substantial. 


In closing, life reminds us daily that we have to exit comfort zones to experience the globalness of the Earth. With information from many centuries, we are challenged to learn why others live differently. Someone from the Middle-East should not have to explain to someone from North-America why food from the Middle-East sits in contrast to food in North America. 

This example shows the multifacetedness of the world and all those who live here. There are differences in structures and practices, but that requires analysis specifically when institutions are built to accommodate decided truths. Additionally, when one-sided conclusions are being broadcasted as factual data. 

Delving into the layers of history shows the different connective points between contemporary issues to past events. The ultimate intention is to examine the existence of different values to see their similarities. Traditions and beliefs, in culture and religion show migration of people who, in turn, carry their ways to different parts of the world.

One cannot believe that truth is just personal. Truth is always globally interrelated-and-interconnected.