Is there such a thing as ‘different interpretations of the truth’?
Truth is the ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we are wrong.
There are instances when the ‘truth’ can become blurry. This can occur when two or more persons recall fragments of an event or events based on what and how they remember them especially if they were emotionally charged at that time.
Whenever this happens we often end up with (3) three versions of ‘truth’ emerging:
- Your version (which is the ‘truth’ as you perceived it)
- His or Her version (which is the ‘truth’ as the other person perceived it)
- Reality (what actually happened – which sometimes does not have an audience to validate or confirm what in reality occurred)
Some may argue, that the ‘truth’ is the truth and there is no differentiation. However, if that were so how can two or more people be present at the same event and some report events differently than others as to what actually occurred. One explanation could be that some may be purposely lying or withholding details.
Likewise, another explanation could be when situations get heated our emotions can go on overdrive causing us to see and hear only bits and pieces of information because mentally we are so charged up playing back whatever upset us that everything else going on around us sounds like noise and distortion. We are angry and hurt and unfortunately when we get like this very little matters after that.
So yes, there are different versions of truth because for each of us in that moment how we feel about our situations are real to each of us. When it comes to feelings and emotions it is not always so easy to control. What we can do however, is try not to do and say things out of anger for once this happens the words can’t be undone.
Remember, the truth is our ability to be honest with ourselves and others even when and if we wrong. When dealing with difficult situations it is therefore important that we keep our minds open and be slow to speak. Once we get too emotionally charged things can get blurry and we don’t want that.
If you happen to be a bystander in an event, it is important that you try to stay unbiased because the persons involved would need objectivity and a clear mind to help them resolve their issue(s).
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