I read the following on a blog recently:
“You don’t get to decide the truth. Other people have their own experiences, just as valid.”
This is the predominant mindset in our culture today. And I understand why. How can one person say their truth, their experience, is any more meaningful than any other person’s? Isn’t to say so simply immoral?
The first sentence of that quote pronounces the view that you don’t get to decide the truth. Translation: there is no truth (if no one can decide it, it must not exist).
The second statement reveals the breakdown: “Other people have their own experiences, just as valid.” What’s being said here is that everyone’s truth claims and their experiences are valid. They are all just options on the buffet of truth.
But the issue is that to say there is no truth or that all truths are valid is to make a truth claim. It is saying that I have the truth, and if you disagree with me then you’re wrong, because you’re outside the truth – which is exactly what this mindset wars against.
To say that all truth is relative and that no one gets to decide on it is to make the most selfish truth claim of all.
You really don’t get to decide the truth. But that isn’t because everyone has it. It’s because it comes from outside any of us.