Posts Tagged ‘Truth’

Truth is not determined by popular vote.  Truth just is – regardless of how many (or if any) believe it.  I know some claim that there are no absolute truths – a claim which is, itself, a presumed absolute truth by the proponent.  We know, of course, that what one person believes to be true will often be rejected by others who have their own notion of truth.  Each prefers to believe that he/she is correct.

We can’t all be correct, though, when we believe opposing things.  It is a silly notion that each person can have his/her own truth.  We may each have our own beliefs, but those beliefs may or may not represent actual truth.

Speaking the truth can be very unpopular.  The hearer may cringe, reject it, debate it, even retaliate against your effort to speak it, but that does not make truth any less the truth.

As a Christian, I believe the words of Jesus when he claims in John 14:6 to be “the way, the truth, and the life.”  I believe the Bible contains truth without any mixture of error.  I have no problem believing and proclaiming any and all that it teaches as truth, whether others agree or not.  I understand that others may reject, criticize, condemn or laugh off such a stance as outdated, ignorant, dangerous, or even nowadays “hate speech” depending on the topic at hand.  I would call it truth.

Don’t expect to be loved for speaking truth all the time.  Not all leaders are willing to hear about their inadequacies.  Not all workers are eager to be told where they fall short.  Not all children enjoy learning the truth that there are consequences to misbehavior.

No, you won’t win popularity contests by being truthful.  In fact, Jesus was crucified for it.  He knew that he would be, but he did it anyway because it was the only good and loving thing to do.

So especially to my fellow pilgrims in the faith, to those who know the truth and have been set free by it, do not hesitate to speak it and to live it.  Do not fear leap year lesson #280 – Truth is the new hate speech.

Each evening when I watch the 6:30 national news on TV, there will be some amount of rumor sprinkled among the stories.  If I let the TV stay on after the news on our local ABC station, an entertainment show of Hollywood-related stories comes on – a series of sometimes far more rumor than news, and not one that I really care to watch.  Since I work in a Fortune 100 company with 40,000 people and manage its internal social network of nearly 22,000 people, there are ample opportunities daily to see posts related to various rumors.  You don’t have to go too far in your daily life if you interact with many others or expose yourself to much media before you hear any number of rumors.

Take, for example, the one that has again been in the news recently thanks to his new book needing free publicity from complicit journalists and reporters – Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The big, marriage-ending scandal came earlier amid rumors of him having a child with his housekeeper.  They were only rumors, of course, until something happened – and that something was for the truth to be told.  Then there was no longer a need for rumors.

When we observe the behavior of businesses and hear speculation about new products, mergers, acquisitions, changes in management, etc., they are rumors – sometimes well-founded and sometimes not.  They only remain rumors, however, until the undeniable truth is told by those in a position to do so.  Afterward, there is no need for rumor.

Rumors can bring excitement and anticipation such as in the latest Apple product launches which the company plays up to maximum benefit.  Rumors can also be damaging to companies, careers, stock prices, individuals or other organizations if the nature of the rumor is harmful whether or not it is ultimately found to be true.

In the case of an Apple product launch, the pre-release hype thrills the company.  They’d like it to continue.  In the case of harmful rumors, though, it is important to squelch them as soon as possible.  The only way to do that is to disclose the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Leap year lesson #277 is The cure for rumors is truth.