By Rich Kozlovich
When adopting the truth argument in my commentaries I've been challenged for years by my critics with the question: So what's truth?
We live in an intellectual environment that says everything is relative. An intellectual environment where relativist thinking thrives in the media, movies and academia. There's no right, there's no wrong. Everything is merely relative. So, I felt I had to develop a definition of truth that was irrefutable. And here it is.
Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality. Everything we’re told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. Everything we're told has a historical foundation and context. If what’s presented to us fails in either of those categories, it’s wrong.Some things really are right, and some things really are wrong. There really is evil in the world. That is unendingly and irrefutably factual. That's history, and that history is incontestable. Truth!
But if we have the courage, fortitude and knowledge to stand and confront lies and the deliberate misrepresentation and obfuscation of facts, irrespective of the personal costs, truth will stand the test of time.
Once the truth is spoken, it's the truth forever, you just have to remind everyone once in a while, since no matter what anyone says, the truth can't be marginalized. However, the truth has enemies, and needs defended because:
- It can be suppressed
- It can ignored
- It can be avoided
- It can be undermined
- It can be subverted
- It can be organized against
- It can be laughed at
- It can even be forgotten, easily
Time and truth are on the same side. As Ben Franklin once said, "truth will very patiently wait for us".