What is Truth?
To the culture we live in truth has become whatever you want it to be, as long as it makes you feel good.
What’s true for you isn’t true for me
There is no truth
–These are the buzzwords of the postmodern, everything is relative culture that we find ourselves in.
The problem is that this may sound great on paper, but it doesn’t work in reality. Take for instance the phrase, “There is no truth.”
That may be the postmodernist’s go to phrase that makes everybody happy and warm fuzzy on the inside. It means that anything we want to believe or put stock in is true, or that any interpretation that you have of any set of values, written works, or ideas is just as valid and binding as the author’s original intent.
There is a glaring problem with that statement though. It’s self contradictory. The phrase makes a liar out of itself basically.
Think about it for a second.
Postmodern Thinker: There is no truth.
Me: …Is that true?
PT: …uhm yes…
Me: …So that’s a truth then?
PT: well no because there is no truth…
Me: So it is NOT true?
PT: …well no, I mean yes, I mean…(Head Explodes)
You see when you start to actually try to make sense of this nonsense it falls apart miserably.
The second phrase.
That may be true for you, but not for me.
Okay much more simple approach. THis is generally used as a cop out for, “I don’t believe what you do, but clearly you do. So even though we both can’t logically be right…we both are?”
How about this try the practical approach to this phrase.
Officer: Do you know how fast you were going?
PT: No sir.
Officer: You were going 70mph.
Pt: well sir that may be true for you, but for me…I was going 35mph.
And after you make your phone call to get bailed out, you realize how foolish that idea is.
It’s pretty speak to make us feel better about the fact that there are in act truths out there. Some of the most important truths out there are moral truths. Things that are objectively right and wrong. If there is no objective truth, then things like murder, rape, theft–they aren’t really wrong, but merely a personal preference.
You can see the danger that this kind of thinking leads to.
What “truth” claims have you heard from postmodernism? Sound off below.