Their truth – that’s a term that has always puzzled me when it comes to the disingenuous or outright lie.
Their truth could be accurate if describing a condition for example. Like it is the truth if a person lives in poverty and says so – it is a truth if they are rich, handicapped, tall or short of stature and likewise say so.
But if they manufacture a lie, know it to be a lie, live in and perpetuate it how can that be anybodies truth?
It can no longer be said it is their truth, what it is their lie, and if others buy into or promote is it a truth being advanced or a lie?
Assuming that others who buy into and promote a lie actually believe without reservation that what is said is the truth then it can be said it becomes their truth…. their truth, but it isn’t the truth as it remains a lie whether they know it or not.
So the “truth” apparently can be nebulous at times, it can even be denied, but like the lie remains what it is regardless of who speaks it. A lie in it’s own right regardless of office or personality.
Howard Zinn has said “governments lie” – that’s an obvious truth everyone is aware of – but the word governments could have just as easily been replaced with individuals, organizations, or any number of entities – I believe everyone is aware of that as well.
“White lies”, little lies, and big lies, all accompanied by some justification for having done so when exposed, some said to be harmless and others devious – some to “protect”, some to do malicious harm, and some ( the overwhelming majority) self serving.
It might be wise to really examine “their truth” when it arises and the reasons for it when spoken rather than accepting or promoting.
“Their truth”, like the fool who says they can drive better when drunk, control the drugs they are addicted to, or “she was asking for it”.
“Their truth” that says pillagers and murderers are liberators or warriors.
We live in a time of global deceit unlike any other, it’s become expected – an expectation leading to acceptance and complacency, or that if someone else lies it then becomes justified to do the same.
Parents will scold their children for lying and in turn find a qualification if they do.
Maybe it’s better to tell a “white lie” in some circumstances to spare another’s feeling, that’s for the individual to decide, but I don’t believe any defense can be mounted for what would be referred to as a bald faced lie.
If that is true it seems as though the solution would be to avoid a situation or doing something that would lead one to think such a lie better serves them….not the truth, but them.
We are living in an age of global deception, a new dark age – it is how governments are run and corporations operate – a reality so prevalent that acceptance and exceptions being made have become the norm.
Now, if a person is complicit in murder for example can one reasonably expect them to admit it or any related wrong merely on the basis that someone asked or interviewed them?
Or is the probability that they will answer with “their truth” more likely to be the way of it?
Lying can become a dominant behavior for some, so much so they in time may no longer be able to separate the lie from the truth, and the lie gains pre imminence in becoming “their truth”.
Others can repeat the same lie for decades knowing exactly what it is and it doesn’t matter to them due to the benefits they associate with it.
Their goal is to convince others, have them accept and propagate it, and in the process insulate themselves and give legs to the lie they created.
Unfortunately there are those who are satisfied with the “their truth” when another speaks it, and will go to any extreme keeping it intact rather than confronting it for what is – they don’t want to be confused by facts, or inconvenienced by reality.
Perhaps even worse having to admit they were deceived and bought into it, like buying ocean front property in Arizona or the Brooklyn Bridge.
None are perfect, and all fail at times, in the end it is about what we cultivate as individuals – it’s always better to cultivate the strength of truth than the weakness of lies.
Better to live honorably and with respect encouraging others by word and deed to do so than the lack of it.
It’s that choice thing again, and an easy one to make in my opinion.