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Science-fiction writer Michael Stravinsky said understanding is a three edged sword your side their side and the truth In modern language and ethics truth is categorize as a colorful word yet cloaked in a gray area when it comes to meaning Truth is not black and white not merely the quality of having accuracy Consider and ancient proverb and its relation to the motion of truth A tree falls in the woods with no one around can man be sure it made a sound A man is guilty of murder yet his lawyer argues the truth that his client is insane and had no knowledge of what he was doing In this case the jury finds the man innocent In societys eye their system of beliefs the truth is that the man is innocent of the crime and is free from imprisonment Truth is one-sided to the will of man and is unknown without human belief Truth as we thought we knew it ceases to exist Websters dictionary defines truth as being free from deceit or falseness having a quality of sincerity Truth has many connotations including purity sincerity morality loyalty and honesty The meaning referred to will be in the context of a precise account of events the quality of being true Truth has often been falsely placed with such virtues as consistency and harmonic flow of judgment And example from American history will show the misleading notion in this association In the 1860s particularly in southern states it was a mans belief that African Americans were slaves servants to masters who possessed positive qualities found within the human race African Americans were not to be educated respected admitted dignified but only abused The nations attitude at the time is that was the truth Society coined the phrase white mans burden as a comfortable euphemism for this belief Historians know that this attitude was hailed as the truth because it was taught in
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