“Truth” seems to be a broad subject to talk about. As for what is truth? That is a question over which philosophers argue. As what I have read, it is a state of mind free of error, a state of mind which is an accurate reflection of things in existence, of the things about you. The first thing to know about truth is that it is unchangeable; it is ageless and constant. Truth does not vary or shift; it is a piece of unalterable reality. It follows, therefore, that truth is the same for all of us, and thus, one should be repelled by the expression that "what is true for you is not true for me.
We live in a peculiar environment in which many seem to doubt almost everything (such as the fact that man landed on the moon or the official explanation for 9/11) and yet at the same time are willing to believe almost anything (whether it be alien abduction, horoscopes or ghosts). The question of right and wrong has been battled over for centuries. Many conservatives still believe that truth is absolute, while others disagree, saying that truth is relative. I believe that truth is an individual’s perception of beliefs and decisions. I believe in having an open mind - ready to contemplate new ideas backed by convincing evidence - but not an empty one - ready to accept any novel suggestion however lacking in sense or evidence.
Most of the time we expect and want people - including our relatives, friends, politicians, doctors and professional advisers - to tell us the truth because we believe that it is important to know the truth and honorable to express the truth. Of all life on the planet, only humankind can rise above conditioning or instinct and identify truth, so that this is in effect one of the defining characteristics of what it means to be human.
If we do not know whether statements are true, we cannot make reasonable decisions about our life, such as whether to marry an individual or whether to buy a particular property. If we are confident that things...