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The truth can be subjective

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"If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it.” — C.H. Spurgeon

A reader wrote me the other day complaining the local paper will not print the truth. She was writing in response to my column on gossip. I’m glad she wrote, for truth is very important. I don’t know of any religion where truth isn’t given priority. That begs the question, of course: What is truth?

Some truth is easy to figure out — 2 + 2 = 4 is a true statement (using base-10 arithmetic). You can use pencil and paper, an abacus, a calculator, or apples and oranges, and the result will always be the same: Two plus two equals four.

Many times, though, it is harder to pin down what is true. Let me give you a silly example. I can look outside and tell you it is partly cloudy as I write this. A person sitting next to me can say it is partly sunny. Who is telling the truth? ...


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