The Word ‘Truth’

 

Has the word ‘truth’ been fully and completely co-opted? In my view the answer is yes. Words such as accuracy and correctness must be used now to convey something the word truth used to still convey as recently as 30 years ago.

 

It seems the word truth was being corrupted and co-opted generations earlier however. Superman fought “for truth, justice, and the American way” as though a non-earth-born life form would, upon arrival here, choose to lump two ancient conceptual virtues together with a national ethos.

 

Who would be arrogant-slash-ignorant enough to go along with this blatantly and woefully naïve nationalism? A lot of people actually.

 

I couldn’t believe it. I still have trouble believing it.  

At the present time, words such as truth (or justice) seem to have been withered into husk-like symbols of allegiance to whatever concepts (such as a national ethos) are subsuming them.  

Is there a way to reverse it?  I don't know.  But I think the answer is no.  I suspect that until the word falls entirely into disuse for at least a generation (or more), it will lack any ability to be resurrected in scholarly literature to its former concrete meaning.  

 

 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2019 at 1:35am

When tired of the struggle, wanting the principles of the Constitution to be a reality, and mad as an upset hornet when I observe or feel the failures of  Constitutional principles, I remember Uncle John's words: 

1. People are sovereign, power begins with the people. 

2. A strong national government protects and defends the people 

3. A Republic means people vote for representation. 

4. Separation of Powers: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Powers. 

5. Checks & Balances: The three Powers of government limit each other. 

6. Limited government: leaders are not above the law; citizens' liberties are protected. 

7. Individuals have rights of life, liberty, and property; the purpose of government is to protect those rights.

Paula, my cousin and I discovered John meant the Constitution spelled out the rights of man, male, he did not include, nor did he mean to include female. I remember the overwhelming feeling of betrayal when I realized I was not included in John's inspiring stories of the Constitution. 

We also came to understand that he did not include Africans, Asians, and Native Americans. Paula and I participated in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Two other beasts now raise their heads in the form of homophobia and transgender issues. 

It seems hate finds new targets when old ones begin to be fade. For whatever reason, there has to be something for which to feel intense or passionate dislike. Perhaps it will be the poor or the wage-working poor, still. 

Comment by Jim the Atheist on March 25, 2019 at 8:57pm
I understand. It is like a punch to the gut when the realization finally hits you. I needed (emotionally) for the principles of American democracy to truly extend to all people. It is a crushing reality to absorb: it has never extended to all and so many in power (as well as out of power) are hell bent on keeping it that way indefinitely. It is worthy of weeping.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2019 at 8:47pm

"Truth" is another word causing me to pause. Forgive, faith, and belief has, at last, settled down in my understanding. 

My uncle, a Superior Court Judge, provided his daughter and me a shining description of the principles of democracy. He took us to Washington, D.C. and to the Supreme Court of the U.S. He told us of the laws that protected every man equally. Paula and I discovered only as adults that he meant white, Protestant, property-owning males. 

My college education included reading such authors as  Saul Alinsky, Howard Zinn, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Louis Brandeis, Florence Kelley, W.E.B.DeBois, Upton Sinclair, Margaret Sanger, and Charlotte Perkins.

My attention turned from old-school politics to progressive ideas. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2019 at 6:04pm

The truth is what the facts are. If you don't care what the facts are, then you dont' care what the truth is.
-- Aron Ra

We're trying ... and pretty damned well, I'd say.

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