Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D, writing in Psychology Today, from 2011:
The problem with truth is that it can be just as destructive as a lie, sometimes more so.
This is self-evident for most adults. That’s why we have the concept and vocabulary of a “white lie” (and yes, even our language has racist overtones).
Yet, when it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, “truth” and “facts” are frequently assumed to trump any other argument. They don’t.
Consider this a manifesto against truth.
Don’t get me wrong: I like verifiable, data-supported facts as much as the next person, perhaps more than many, given my training and background in research. Even so, I have issues with “truth” — serious issues.
Here are my Top 3:
#1 There is rarely a single truth. Philosophers have long observed that our reality — our “truth” — is strongly influenced (if not outright determined) by one’s perspective or point of view. Rather than elaborating, I urge you to watch this video of Chimamanda Adichie about “The Danger of a Single Story.”
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