Monday, May 11, 2020
Was there ever a time that white was white, yellow was yellow, green was green, and blue was blue? Colors were there colors. I have heard about a color, but I have never seen it, I am sure you have heard of it too, but as me, never seen it on a color chart. This color is “A White Lie”. A white lie consisted of mostly truth, but maybe a tad exaggeration, a tad off the truth, but its goal was to minimize the punishment of the act.
The other day at work, I had a difference of opinion of what was green and what was yellow. We wear those bright florescent colored vests to make sure our customers see us when we are out in the area of the cars for whatever task we are performing. I called them green, two others of my co-workers called them yellow. It is odd to me how one color can be viewed as two different. How is that possible, each person, assuming our eyes are working correctly, can view one item and see two totally different colors?
In our current world where truth seems to be more of the popular opinion rather than a fact, how do we find truth. We all agree there is a white lie, but is it truth? I guess it depends on how strict we are on the definition of truth.
What brought me to this writing is one of hope. I was wondering if those I seem to at the opposite side of the political spectrum, if we could pick something and agree it was truth or a lie. For example, could we find one thing Trump said, what we would both agree was a truth, and maybe one thing Trump said was a lie and both agree on both. Then do the same with Biden, Hillary, or Obama. Could each of us see the same color?
When I thought this through, the color chart hit me. I remember seeing a color chart with 100 colors of white alone. Most of them, I personally could not tell the difference between most of them. And when I have two co-workers and myself, not agreeing about a single color as well. So, how do we agree which one is the white, in order for us to define the others, we have to agree on which one is white, yet there are so many variances of white.
Like in math, there is a relevance for truth, there seems to be an agreement of how numbers work. There sometimes is not an agreement in application and what they mean, but each still agrees on 1+1=2. In the perspective of color, we can also use the relevance of numbers to define the color whether we agree with the perspective. Even then, we have to agree with the chemist, the chemical make-up of what is white. It is so complex, because what is truth becomes a matter of opinion and sometimes not even that, it is how we perceive it. For example, the difference between me and my co-worker’s opinion of the color of the safety vest; green or yellow?
Is truth/lie based on how it hits your emotional system or how badly it effects your nervous system? Is it based on popular opinion?
But truth can be determined; it is either proven or unproved. We have seen this in the court system. Evidence is brought forward, and the “truth” is revealed. Yet is it? As the truth is revealed, a group of people, make an estimate on whether the evidence was true enough to produce a verdict of guilty or innocence.
In the movie the “Training Day” a classic line which is so real today was said: “It’s not what you know, it’ what you can prove.”
I believe the reason I like sports, math and science more so than others, the reason why, is when you get to the end, it seems we are not dealing with someone opinion we are dealing with truths. If we do a math problem and we get it wrong, we can track back through the math and find out where it is, where the lack of truth was done.
Back to my original thought, can my friends on the other side of the political aisle and I find an element of what the truth is or what is a lie. So much of what is in the political speak is bent, it is bent into the view “It could be viewed as this way” even though I believe we know it was not meant that way. An accident becomes intentional, a misspeak becomes racist, a truth becomes a lie, all because it does not fit into our personal beliefs. And we cannot find the strength within ourselves to admit when the truth was spoken on the other side of the aisle or a lie was done on ours. Again, what I like about sports. When entering the arena, one can say whatever you want, but in the end, the truth of your ability speaks the truth, one cannot claim foul, one can I guess, but the score speaks the truth..
Regardless of where we are on the political arena, I pray we all in the end do share one truth. This truth is Jesus Christ came and died for our sins, was resurrected on the third day and promised us an eternity in heaven by: 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. . .”
Matthew 22:37 (ESV)
My final thought. Thinking about what truth is or what it is not, where would we be without God, without the One Truth? God Bless!