Wednesday, 17 June 2009

the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the...

After work today I drove down to Mitcham. My brakes were giving me trouble all the way to Coventry and back and apparently breakdown cover does not cover faulty brakes. If I had died on the side of the M1 my family would have been due a hefty pay out from that gem-like female only car insurer.


So the plan was to go to my Uncle's house, follow him to the mechanics and then for him to drive me home (the luxury of family). The plan succeeded. The car is now waiting outside the mechanics waiting for D to work his magic.

Luckily for you this isn't the interesting part of the story.

During the drive home me and my uncle got into a debate about the nature of truth.

Is truth absolute or conditional?

Isn't it weird that the questions that have been debated for many hundreds of years always seem to have obvious answers, until you debate them with someone with an opposing point of view?

I think truth is conditional. I think that what is true for one, will not necessarily be true for all. I think that what is true in one place or time, may not be true for another. I can't think of something that is absolutely true for all things/ people/ time etc

But I actually want to think this out and do it justice - so I'll be back after some good book based research (or google)


  1. I think I'll play for the opposition on this one. Truth is absolute. If you manage to find a truth that is conditional, then it probably refers to something that only exists as a arbitrary construct in the mind. I mean, isn't it?

  2. John Boy - give me a truth that is absolute? Please! I'm lost here

  3. I give up. I can't think of one. :(