In a world that is becoming increasingly relativistic, it’s sometimes hard to believe in, and much less stand up for, something you know to be true.
Maybe you’ve heard, or even used the argument, “Well, what’s right for one person may not be right for another person”, or “You have your truth and I have my truth, and that’s fine”.
I know there was a time in my life when I thought this sounded reasonable. We shouldn’t impose our beliefs on other people because everyone has their own version of truth, and it may be different from our own, individual versions. If you subscribe to this belief, I really challenge you to think about what it must mean for the way you approach life in general.
I refuse to believe that the same number of people who supposedly subscribe to this belief can also believe that, for some people, things like selfishness, cowardice, stealing, murder, cheating, or lying are okay simply because some people chose to believe them so. The same people who would argue that we all get to create our own definition of truth would (I hope) be singing a different tune if someone who didn’t agree with their “opinion” acted on their belief that it’s okay to steal a neighbor’s car. In reality, though, to get upset about that and to demand your car back would be imposing your view of “truth” on somebody else.
I think that most people, when it comes down to it, do believe in some sort of absolute truth. Those same people inevitably impose their belief in this absolute truth on those around them. That’s why it bothers me so much when I hear these people saying things that you can only logically say if you don’t believe in any sort of objective truth.
If you believe that stealing, lying, murder, cheating, or cowardice is wrong, you are hereby never allowed to utter the phrase, “You have your truth and I have my truth“, ever again. 🙂
However, maybe I’m wrong here. Maybe some people are okay with others thinking that selfishness, cowardice, etc. are right. Maybe there are some hardcore Nietzsche-loving people out there who really believe there is no such thing as objective truth. But even to those people—I have to call your bluff. To be that person, you would have to believe in one objective truth: that there is no such thing as objective truth. You moral absolutist, you. 🙂