I began thinking about ‘truth’ after my last post when someone commented that my statements where not entirely accurate. (Read previous post about the “Evergreen and the Redwood” and the comment from the ‘science guy’.)
I am bringing this up because he made a very good point, and I was glad to gain a better understanding, but it also brought something to my mind that needs to be said about sincerity versus truth.
If what I say to you is a statement that begins with, “from my perspective” or “it seems to me” or other indicators that I am speaking from my own personal ‘truth’, then I am not saying that what I am writing is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I am simply saying it is true from my perspective.
The confusion comes from speaking without clarifying ‘what’s true for me’ statements.
Very few people are authorities on truth and yet the entire world speaks as if what they are saying is true. The closest any of us can actually get to speaking the truth is what is true for us out of sincerity. Sincere people are just that, sincere, but sincerity is not a test of truth.
If you find yourself saying things like, “He/she is so sincere, they must be right.” You may eventually find your advice giver only speaking out of his or her truth but not being quite accurate. When that happens you become disappointed.
Everyone who is sincere will build credibility in your mind quicker than those who are not sincere, but keep in mind they may not always reflect what is true for you. What to do about it? Research your own information and decide what is true for you in any situation.
Thanks to the ‘science guy’ who commented on my post, I’ve learned what is true for me. How about for you?
Let me know what you think and whether or not you feel it has merit. As always, feel free to comment and share.
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