“[W]hy should we pay so much attention to what ‘most people’ think? The really reasonable people, who have more claim to be considered, will believe that the facts are exactly as they are.”~ Socrates, Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates.
Welcome to the generation that “feels” truth. Today, having discussion about things that are true is harder than ever. Back in the days of Socrates, relativism was simply a philosophy that was understood, but it wasn’t a widely held philosophy. Now, this isn’t simply a philosophy, IT IS how you distinguish what truth is and isn’t. I have long prepared for conversations with people that believe there’s no absolute Truth and have experienced it multiple times; however, every single time I talk with someone and ask leading questions, I am amazed to find out how much people actually don’t believe there is any truth to be found.
I recently engaged in a conversation with someone over the topic of truth, and I asked them what truth meant to them and ultimately they said that if something is “true for them” then it is true. They also said that if it was “true for me” then it was true as well. I followed this up with a very classic line of defense by saying “But what if my truth says your’s is a lie? Is what I believe still true then?”
Their response? “Yes. It’s still true.” That’s a blatant disregard for logic! In some instances, at this point you have have to just end the conversation, knowing you won’t really get anywhere. At that point, you must read the conversation to make that judgment or not. Let’s say you stay engaged in that conversation, where would you take it from there?
How to Respond
The very first step I would take in this conversation is I would ask the person I am conversing with what they mean by “truth.” This is a great way to help gauge the conversation and gather information about what they think Truth is. After that, I would dig into the statements they were making by asking questions. Checkout my podcast episode with Greg Koukl to gain more information about the type of questions I am referring to. This is the best way I have found to navigate these tough conversations! In fact, the only way to genuinely engage in these conversions and make any “progress” so to speak in finding absolute Truth is to ask questions!
Although, another interesting thing to know is that Plato in his Allegory of the Cave argued for absolute Truth! See if you can catch it in this video clip and comment your thoughts below!