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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Problems With Subjective Truth

Recently, I watched someone on YouTube list the things she has learned while traveling. At the end, she said the best reason for anyone to travel is to meet people whose beliefs and morals are different from yours, and said nothing's really right or wrong.

Something about that last statement rubbed me the wrong way.

Truthfully, it's good to spend time with or around people whose worldview and background differ from yours. For me personally, it helps to think about why they believe what they do, and to examine my own views and why I choose to stick with them instead of something else. And fights over religion are one of the most annoying things in the world. We'll get much farther if we can at least learn to respect each other in spite of our disagreements.

But the idea that all beliefs and opinions on God, morality, and so forth are correct is just absurd. Even a brief study will show many of them are incompatible with one another. And annoyingly, many of the people preaching the "all religions are right" message call you arrogant and intolerant if you think something you believe is absolute truth. So you have to think someone is always right when it comes to their faith (or lack of it), else you're disrespectful? If that's so, we're all in trouble. And isn't the statement "Nothing is absolute" itself an absolute?

And on morality specifically, you do believe in some kind of right and wrong, no matter what system or religion you stick to. Just because things aren't always black and white doesn't mean everything is a shade of gray.


© 2015 by M.R.R.

4 comments:

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

And what does the Bible prophesy? That truth will become known as lies, and lies will be known as truth. I see it beginning everywhere.

M.R. R. said...

@ Barbara In Caneyehead
The end may not be far away.

Stephen Tremp said...

The end is near and I'm not trying to be funny. Folks, we are in the last of the last days.

M.R. R. said...

@ Stephen Tremp
It won't hurt to keep an eye out.