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12 July 2007


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Christopher Sowers

"Truth, like everything else, is relative and contextual. There is no absolute objective truth, because all truth or facts are filtered through our own perceptions and biases."

This statement is contradiction. First, you assert that Truth is relative. Then, you assert an absolute truth, namely that "there is no absolute objective truth." So, which is it? You can't have your cake and eat it too. Furthermore, we know that all truth isn't relative. For example, it is absolutely true that if I have five apples and you take my five apples, I have no apples.

But, this doesn't mean that there are truths that are contextual. For example, if I say that "I'm feeling sad," this is true but relative to my current emotional state and the circumstances that generated my emotional state.

Rose Hubbard

Hi Stephen:

OK, I'm actually posting a comment, and not sure how this goes, or where it is published to. No, I don't have control issues, it's just that paranoia truly is a heightened sense of awareness.

Truth, like everything else, is relative and contextual. There is no absolute objective truth, because all truth or facts are filtered through our own perceptions and biases. Much of what you have categorized as essentially minor lies are social conventions, designed to allow people to relate to one another at a level that allows some degree of civility. It's what it takes to get along and have a functional, albeit superficial relationship. A good example of this is at a funeral, where the minister was talking to the sister of the deceased and myself, who was telling the minister about her sister's name. The minister then turned that information into a story about when he first met the deceased, and they talked about her name. The story wasn't true, but it didn't matter because the purpose to the story was to allow the emotional processing of grieving to progress.

Lying matters when the person with whom we are concerned about honesty matters to us. Factual accuracy and your reputation for factual accuracy (except through omission) is important in a work environment, and in certain levels of social relationships. If the other person matters to you, then it matters whether information was withheld or it was a polite lie. Polite lies among intimates insult the integrity of the relationship.

The more interesting question is whether lying requires mens rea. If you do not have the knowledge, either by self deception or through inaccurate information to you, that the statement you are making is not accurate, it is still a lie, with all of the moral connotations regarding integrity? Isn't lying more about the importance of the depth of relationship than about the accuracy or perceived reality conveyed through communication?


Stephen Grant

Sounds like a personal problem to me... *grin*


hmmm...what kinda honesty do you want? I'm not too sure I could handle other speaking truth at all times (I'd be out of a job.)

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