Truth: The Great Non-Sequitur (Part 1)

An Essay By James // 4/3/2008

This is a first short essay in a series about truth, and whether it is relative or absolute. I have had some good friends over the years who have thought that, to one degree or another, truth is relative; that is, it all depends on one’s perspective. I appreciate their friendship, but their point of view, frankly, doesn’t make sense. It confuses me how such a way of thinking can possibly work in their minds. This series of essays will be my explanation of why the idea of relative truth isn’t, for lack of a better word, true.

The idea of relative truth rests on several pillars of logical fallacy, and the first that I will identify is the fallacy of Non-Sequitur. That's a Latin phrase meaning, “It doesn’t follow.” One of the main arguments for relative truth is a Non-Sequitur. It starts with this obvious observation:

Everyone has his own opinion. Everyone has his own set of beliefs, and his own way of understanding something. For example, some people think that there is no God. Some people think that there might be a God, but it’s not that important. Some people think there is definitely a God. Some think He is the Allah in the Koran. Some think He is the Yahweh in the Bible. Some think he’s just some impersonal “force” out there. The point being, there are so many opinions. Everyone has a different idea of what is true and what is false.

So, here is the great Non-Sequitur:

Not everyone agrees about what is absolutely true.
Therefore, nothing is absolutely true.

Think about it. It may take you a while (I hope it doesn’t). But this really is, indeed, a Non-Sequitur. The conclusion simply doesn’t follow the fact!
If you beg to differ, please explain how it does follow. Perhaps I am simply missing something.

Comments

Yes

You nailed it, in true James fashion.

Anonymous | Thu, 04/03/2008

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