Truth vs Fact

Prior listening to this week’s NPR podcast and discussing in class the topic of fact versus truth, it had never crossed my mind that there is actually a difference between the two. They’re considered synonyms of one another and they relate, but there are so many ways to interpret their meanings. As Steven said in class, “truth is relative to the person and fact is universal”. Facts are generally presumed to be accurate statements, which can range from something that has been scientifically proven, or events that have occurred in history (even one’s personal, past events). I feel as though in order for a fact to be a fact, it must have been witnessed or confirmed, and not only from one source. For example, Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, and we would consider that to be a fact, but we question the truth of why was he killed. No one can change the fact that he died, but who really knows the truth behind the motive of his assassination. Anyone can make up his or her own truth to something.

When we learn concepts, we don’t learn them as truths, but as facts. One wouldn’t say that 2+2=4 is a truth even though it is true, so it almost sounds contradicting. It’s a fact because when something’s true generally it’s something that has the potential to be proven false. Facts may be altered, but never changed holistically. As confusing as that sounded, what I’m trying to say is that the point of a fact is to defend a truth. “Truth is not just factually accurate, but also utterly honest” and “it depends upon a temporal circumstance.”


One thought on “Truth vs Fact

  1. Fact: I’ve yet to discover how I create a post. Truth: It’s pissing me off for the first time.
    Often individual subjectivity about “the truth” keeps one from seeing the facts. What better time to see this than election season? Truth is believed or rejected as false. Facts are accepted. If they are not accepted it usually because one has not been exposed to them or, outright refuses to believe the fact as true. The problem lies in the confusion between these two. Many variables effect what an individual believes to be true. Religion is a prime example. Individuals either decide a particular religion to be true, or they reject the entire concept as false. What bothers me is when people allow personal truths to crowd their judgement regarding politics. Politicians carry with them a tangible record of facts. They should be judged by this record. Instead, truth blinds people from seeing these obvious facts. To use an example, some Christians vote for a politician because they believe that politician is a good candidate based on the similarity of beliefs. My Aunt is one of them and it drives me crazy. She votes for people whose policies negatively effect her. She votes based on shared truths. Sharing these truths causes people to only see certain facts. Particularly those facts which are positive to the candidates image. Truth is to morality, as fact is to politics. Let us keep these things separate. The founders of our nation, great Christians in history, understood this well. “These truths we believe to be self-evident…”. Today’s politicians need to stop dressing truth up as fact. More importantly, the nation needs to open their eyes before you allow a stranger to feed you whatever they wish. I am aware that I’ve used this forum to vent. The fact of the matter is, that what blogs are for. No, the truth of the matter is that’s what blogs are for. Maybe they are easy to mix up after all.

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