There are two types of truths in the world

Posted: 2017-08-07 , Modified: 2017-08-07

Tags: life, religion, truth

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Story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.

-Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried.

There are two types of truth in the world:

  1. reason (aka logos; science, mathematics, logic, etc.) because it helps you accomplish material things (planes fly not because we believe they can fly, but because they were constructed using principles from physics, chemistry, etc.)
  2. feeling (aka mythos; stories, belief, etc.) because what makes people feel is what makes people do things (see Why do people do what they do?), and that can be more effective than a recipe that tells them exactly how to do things but not give them the motivation to do so.

Denying feeling can be as bad as denying actual truths, because then there’s a discord between what you feel and what you think you feel, causing you to lose touch with reality. It’s important to acknowledge both feeling and reason.

See also: Aligning reason and feeling