Facts and Truth

Facts and Truth:  facts are based on what has happened, has been experienced or is known; truth is universal law and maybe known or unknown

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are. Harry S Truman

 Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin Fisher

 The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright

   Do we ever choose to ignore the truth? Are truth and fact the same things or do they conflict with each other? Do we close our eyes to truth and use selected facts because truth gets in our way? Do we make decisions or do things we want to do regardless of the truth?

   Decisions should not be based on pure facts. Sometimes we must ignore facts and do things for reasons other than purely factual ones. Our reasoning may be emotional, somewhat illogical or impractical. We do such things because that is what needs to be done. Facts often conflict with truth. The more they conflict, the more difficult decision making becomes. Sometimes we have certain facts, but we have unknowns that must trump the known.

    Normally people born into impoverishment are not likely to achieve greatness. Probability is high they will not escape their conditions. However, there are always unknowns. Some brought up in such conditions have enough potential and intellect to overcome their adversities. There may be unknowns that are contrary to known facts. Circumstances can conflict with unknown truths. There are thousands of disadvantaged individuals who achieved greatly. They defied the known facts. Some have beaten the odds and become president of the Untied States: Jackson, Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. We often have various facts, but we often lack other vital unknown information that is more important than mere facts.  

   Known facts are only a piece of the truth. Facts are only partial truths; can lead us to false conclusions; can lack the power of human emotion and represent only limited knowledge and information. There is always more unknown information that can add greatly to what is known. We should use known facts to our advantage but we should always be seeking additional unknown additional truths to make our best decisions and judgments.  

    Facts can be said to be things we know. They do not represent the whole truth. Facts are known through experience but are only a piece of the puzzle. There is always probability of unknown truths. Facts get created through experience. Truth is truth whether it is known, unknown, validated or yet to be validated. We are wise to be able to discern between facts that exist, truths that are known to apply, and open to the possibility there is unknown truths which have yet to be applied.

Challenge: An old saying promises that truth will set you free. This is of little value unless you seek to be free. Some prefer hiding in the darkness. Armed with truth, and seeking to live a life of truth, puts you on the path to develop your true potential. The truth is you have within talents and abilities meant to be developed. It may be factual that there are obstacles and difficulties, but the truth of your potential is bigger than your difficulties.

Wisdom: …. because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Donald Rumsfeld

 Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. John 8:51

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33

 Spiritually, it can be said the preponderance of evidence belongs on the side of unknown truths. Much of what is believed to be spiritual truth is not factual in the eyes of the unbelieving. Spiritual truths cannot be proven in the secular world. Many do not believe in things they cannot see and touch. Just because we cannot see and touch it, does not mean it is not the truth. There is much truth we cannot not see and touch. God is the source of all truth.

Prayer: Help me to see Truth in my life.

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