“No one is more hated than he who speaks truth.”Plato
There’s a difference between “Truth” and “My Truth”.
Let me explain…There’s universal truth that we all must abide by or there would be CHAOS. Little things like gravity and the like.
Then there’s societal truth that we as participants in any society agree upon as truth.
We agree what certain words mean. This is a perfect example. There’s been a trend lately to change the meaning of some words or to use different words to describe an item or event rather than agreed upon words used for decades or even centuries. IMHO this causes confusion and chaos in most cases.
Laws are enacted that we must abide by in order to fend off lawlessness and have a functioning society is another example.
Then there’s “Your Truth”. We’ve been hearing this term quite often lately. “It’s my truth” people have often said. I’ve even written using such terminology on occasion.
This refers to your personal perspective. It’s your reality built by your life experiences which culminate in decisions you make about what something means to you personally.
In the LGBTQ community, it is often referred to in reference to how someone sees their gender regardless of biological circumstances at birth.
“Speak your truth”.
💥FACTS AND TRUTH ARE NOT THE SAME💥
The FACT is you may have been born as a biological male/female but YOUR TRUTH is you see and feel you are or should be of another gender other than the one assigned at birth.
The confusion many have is understanding this FACT-TRUTH relationship. Many see it as a cut-and-dry issue. You were born a specific gender and that’s all there is to it.
In a fact-based world they are correct if they are simply looking at physical attributes. But we’re much more than the sum of our physical parts, aren’t we?
We are energy. We all have various combinations of male and female energy that’s been influenced and molded by our life experiences. Our sexuality can vary greatly and is a wide spectrums of variations, as illustrated by the gender rainbow 🌈.
This is all very confusing for those people who’ve not experienced this.
All I seek is understanding. I don’t seek approval. They may or may not approve but all I can ask is that they seek to understand and respect my perspective and decision as much as I respect theirs. Isn’t that all we can ask for?
We’re all living on this planet together. If we seek to listen twice as much as we speak and to understand, the world will be a much more beautiful place to live.
Be Strong. 💪
I loved reading this! Thank you!
I’m not sure I agree with your suggestion that meaning of words is static. Language is constantly evolving and always has been. An example that’s particularly relevant to the post is the word gender. Until fairly recently, the word gender was nearly synonymous with birth sex. However, with the recent introduction of the concepts of gender identity and gender expression the notion of gender is being seen as independent of birth sex. Of course, this expansion of the language reflects our expanded understanding of the world and the diversity of people within it. This is perfectly natural and we should be suspicious of those who claim that language is immutable.
By the way, great post. I always enjoy the thought provokingness of your posts. ❤️
Certainly more of a concept that can be done in a sime blog post.