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Is Truth A Relative Issue?

Relativism is an ambiguous concept!

How can we really define something as true? What I believe is true to me, but maybe another person doesn’t have that truth. Suppose I believe Che Guevara was a good man, but you can argue that since he killed so many people, he cannot be a good man himself. Here I can say again as a counterargument that those whom he killed were themselves murderers and killed countless innocent civilians. Then why would it be wrong to kill those murderers? But again, the question is whether the killings are justified in any way. The Cubans still respect Che, but the Americans considered him antisocial and killed him. Thus, the concept of truth may vary from place to place and time to time.

Theory Of Relativism: Celebrates The Inability To Explore?

What could be the absolute or perfect version of the truth? If I believe that the sun revolves around the earth, even if I accept it to be true, science denies it. So if my truth is contrary to science, will it still be considered true? Or should the belief of the majority be taken as the only truth? In that case, how justified is the imposition of majority belief on minorities? Proponents of relativism deny that any information or concept is universal. However, this claim of relativism can never be completely legitimized. I believe the sun revolves around the earth – but it is utterly stubborn and immature to accept one’s own idea as true without trying to find out if this belief is true at all. Relativists celebrate the inability to know something. Adhering to the ideology of the relativists, in this world, from science, technology, literature to art, all these indomitable interests and efforts to discover new things and to explore new forms must be thwarted. Relativism seeks to perpetuate the inability to distinguish between truth and false as real truth which is inappropriate and unacceptable.

Truth Can Never Be Ultimate: Is It True?

Since there is no such thing as the ultimate truth in the world, we will not make any attempt to refute the untruth – this claim of the relativists is not sustainable. Although Che Guevara is revered by the communists, he is considered a murderer and a dangerous criminal by the capitalists. Since capitalistism is now running the globe, the ‘majority truth’ is that Che was a criminal.  But this is not the highest truth. There are many relative truths in the world, but relativism is not the ultimate truth.  Scientists have proved that the sun does not revolve around the earth, but vice versa. Since all our thinking is accepted only in terms of existence in a dualistic world, in determining the truth, the field of all kinds of possibilities should not be denied.

Debapriya Chakraborty

Author is an aspiring creative writer, food-buff and bookworm. Loves to travel, bunks in lesser known bnbs and loves her chai more than anything else. She adds her two cents to every idea and has been a scriber for more than a decade now!
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