Another old rule-of-thumb of mine. If something has to be given a wonderful-sounding title, there is a good chance that it is more sales job than actuality. Thus, organizations or legislation with peace, justice, or fairness in their names should be held at arm’s length and examined before embrace. This is especially so for the word “truth.” If you see a book entitled The True History of the Catholic Church, the best you can hope for is a one-sided history. Probably, not even that. Or “The True Cost of Obamacare,” may not – how shall we say this? – follow generally-accepted principles of accounting. When of my patients starts an answer “Can I be honest with you?” it is a tell that they are about to say something self-serving they know others might not like, but expect to be unchallenged.
“Truth” is a large word, and people using it lightly, without embracing the responsibility for it, are likely not being all that honest with themselves. They are unable to make the more modest claim that they are presenting another side, or information you may not have. Why are they unable to do that? There are instances where one might legitimately say this is true. I saw it…I know it…I proved it… But those things invite evidence rather than merely assert.