Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Truth

Write what you know, a writing sage has admonished. If I stuck to writing what I absolutely knew to be true, my posts would be quite short--oh wait, they are short. Maybe that's why so many of my posts cover travel. Post a pretty picture or two and move on. The Truth is that I have many opinions and know little incontrovertible Truth. That goes for any possible statement regarding religion or the nature of the Universe. We choose what to believe and sort ourselves into different camps, often as a result of our personal circumstances. Some of us "know" that God exists, has a gender or doesn't, is merciful or wrathful, loves everyone or hates gays, speaks to us through the Bible, or doesn't exist at all.  We "know" that capital punishment deters murderers or is cruel and unusual. We "know" that figures don't lie or that liars do figure. We "know" these things because our parents told us (and we know they wouldn't lie) or God (if such there be) help us, we read it on the Internet.

My own opinions are based on emotion or on information I choose to trust. If the world only trafficked in absolute facts, it would be unable to function.

So I don't know much with certainty, and that's the Truth.


Mark Means said...

I've never been big on 'write what you know'.

I mean, if that were the case, there's no way I could write about time travelling androids as I'm not an android (as far as I can tell) and I've never traveled through time (as far as I can tell) :)

Sometimes, you have to be a rebel to be a writer.

Bob Sanchez said...

You can travel through time, but I'm afraid there's only one direction.

Years ago, Writer's Digest ran a cartoon where a guy sits at his typewriter (remember those?), staring at a blank sheet of paper. And he's thinking, "Write what you know...write what you know..."

Manzanita said...

I am sure, with an admission like that, the wise would say you know a great deal.
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The Armchair Squid said...

The path to true wisdom begins with accepting the fact you know nothing.