Feb 19: Facts and Truths

Marcus Aurelius said, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Do you think there are concrete facts and truths, or is everything fluid?

You forgot to add, “Everything we read on the internet is true”. But that’s because people are just so gullible, they’ll believe anything you tell them if you make it sound even the slightest bit convincing.

Personally I believe that there are concrete facts in life, and truths – but really, aren’t they just the same thing?

People are entitled to their opinions, some know when to voice them appropriately, and others disregard that common sense and will happily shout it from the rooftops, but I find it interesting when people choose to have an opinion about something, but their argument goes against the actual facts of the topic of discussion.

These particular people are given some information, and then as far they’re concerned, that’s the only truth. Even if it’s factually incorrect, they will deny it, and continue to believe that it’s wrong. Even if you go to the extent of providing them with actual proof, it still wont change their minds, because they’re too stubborn to accept it, as it’s seen as a sign of defeat, and these people are never wrong. Even when they are, they’re still always right.

Ugh, they’re painful.

But even with things that we’re told are fact, sometimes aren’t necessarily so. I love seeing shows or websites debunking these so-called ‘facts’ and proving that they are actually, factually incorrect. Things that I’ve been told all my life; things that my parents told me, only to then find out that it’s actually not true. So then I start to wonder how these actually came about? Where did this wrong information come from? Considering that it’s something that’s almost ‘common knowledge’ that everybody knows, how is it that it could be so wrong, and yet nobody thought to follow up on it before now? Why did nobody think to question this earlier? Why are people just happy to accept something on face-value without putting more thought into it.

I’m the sort of person who questions everything. I can’t help it. I’ve learnt my lesson from not being inquisitive, and now I’m the one who’s always asking questions. See, I’m already doing it!

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