A Letter from Kiersten Mooney: What is Truth Anyway… And in Whose Reality?

Humans live in subjective and objective realities. Specifically, Epistemological (knowledge based) Objective /Subjective and Ontological (existence based) Objective/Subjective. Epistemological Objective requires 3rd party verification and preferably reality is determined by being scientifically proven. It has been verified through certain protocol that can be replicated.

Epistemological Subjective is 1st person experienced and is based on our thoughts, opinions, ideas, preferences, beliefs, points of views, cultural upbringing etc. Our subjective reality is not necessarily based on facts and many times is actually illusionary. Just because we think a certain way doesn’t mean that it is reality or the truth. It may be “our reality” distinct from “the reality”. And for many of us our subjective reality occurs as so real that we confuse it with “the truth”. For example as humans we use to believe the earth was flat and that the sun came up and went down. We could see with our own eyes that the sun does in fact rise and set. The discovery that earth revolves around the sun (and actually the earth, sun and all the planets are orbiting around the center of mass of the solar system) was revolutionary. It fundamentally changed how we viewed the universe and ourselves. But many moons ago humans thought, therefore, lived and acted in a flat world.

Ontological Objective states the things exist independent of our awareness of it. It is fine if we are aware but it does not need us to be conscious of it to exist. For many years we had no idea that oxygen was required by most living organisms for survival, but we were breathing it all along. Or right now bring into your awareness something that you know exists (such as the Himalayas) yet you haven’t been conscious of it for a while.

Ontological Subjective is your unique reality that you live in. Including what is going on with you internally (mind sets, thoughts, memories, emotions, body sensations including pain). This is life from your perspective. This is your experience with people and in situations and circumstances that no one else has access to.

So what is the truth? It is very important that we listen to epistemological objectivity; it informs us on what to do and not to do in terms of keeping us alive. Such as we know not to jump off a building and try to fly, or to play with lions in the wild, or to not touch hot stoves. We know them to be truth or facts. Yet because we have many thoughts and beliefs that shape our experiences we confuse truth or fact with how we interpret the occurrences of our life.

We tend to live, be and act in many instances, by what we believe to be true distinct from what is actually true or fact. And particularly when we get a lot of agreement it just affirms for us that something is real. Take gossip, the more people agree about the way a certain person is the more we make it truth. Or religion, many people come together and believe in certain ways of thinking about morals and for groups that way is the way it is so that it is truth…well for them. It is so curious to be in wonderment about what really is real, what is the truth. And how empowering a context can be when we approach people and situations beyond what we think but be open to what is.

The astonishing thing about being human is that many realities are available to us, it is actually limitless. What limits us is being stuck on a particular belief or point of view.

Much love,

Kiersten

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