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    "People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth. Truth is but one." Discuss...
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    30 Sep '08 15:401 edit
    Originally posted by veritas101
    "People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth. Truth is but one." Discuss...
    Before we get to the matter of truth -

    How much are we really entitled each to his or her own opinion ?

    Can we say that Adolf Hitler was entitled to his opinion if it resulted in the genocide he carried out ?

    I wonder a little bit about the first part of the statement. Opinions can have deadly results sometimes.
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    30 Sep '08 15:47
    Originally posted by jaywill
    Before we get to the matter of truth -

    How much are we really entitled each to his or her own opinion ?

    Can we say that Adolf Hitler was entitled to his opinion if it resulted in the genocide he carried out ?

    I wonder a little bit about the first part of the statement. Opinions can have deadly results sometimes.
    Well I guess people should be entitled to express their opinion, or keep it to themselves, but that's about as much as they are entitled to, I'd say...
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    30 Sep '08 16:22
    Originally posted by veritas101
    "People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth. Truth is but one." Discuss...
    I would agree with that statement.
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    30 Sep '08 17:19
    Originally posted by veritas101
    "People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth. Truth is but one." Discuss...
    Tell us more about the difference between an opinion and a personal truth.
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    30 Sep '08 17:231 edit
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Tell us more about the difference between an opinion and a personal truth.
    I would think that the quote is referring to absolute truth. Therefore "opinion" and "personal truth" would be synonymous.
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    30 Sep '08 18:06
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Tell us more about the difference between an opinion and a personal truth.
    I would say that an opinion is based on a belief. Truth, however, exists on it's own and does not change. Something is not true because you you believe it. You should rather beileve something because it's true, it does not work the other way around.
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    30 Sep '08 19:22
    Originally posted by jaywill
    Before we get to the matter of truth -

    How much are we really entitled each to his or her own opinion ?

    Can we say that Adolf Hitler was entitled to his opinion if it resulted in the genocide he carried out ?

    I wonder a little bit about the first part of the statement. Opinions can have deadly results sometimes.
    …...Opinions can have deadly results sometimes....…

    Agreed: and as the case of Adolf Hitler demonstrates, opinions that are not based on logic nor the evidence but rather on what a person wants to believe can have deadly results -obviously an absurd proposition such as “all blacks are inferior” cannot be based on logic nor evidence and are only believed by people that believe whatever they want to believe.
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    30 Sep '08 19:27
    Originally posted by veritas101
    I would say that an opinion is based on a belief. Truth, however, exists on it's own and does not change. Something is not true because you you believe it. You should rather beileve something because it's true, it does not work the other way around.
    I guess I differentiate between 'truth' and 'facts'. Facts are immovable, provable, absolute. Truth is elusive and dynamic. 'The truth' to me is different from 'truth'. Truth can have a shimmering clarity and be a murky fog. It may be semantics or clarifying my interpretation of this quote, but given my interpretation I can't say that I agree with it.
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    30 Sep '08 20:01
    Originally posted by veritas101
    I would say that an opinion is based on a belief. Truth, however, exists on it's own and does not change. Something is not true because you you believe it. You should rather beileve something because it's true, it does not work the other way around.
    What if the Truth is difficult, or even impossible, to verify? How do I proceed in the meantime?
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    Sigh.
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    30 Sep '08 21:01
    Originally posted by veritas101
    "People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth. Truth is but one." Discuss...
    An opinion is a human's response to a social stimulus or a question and everyone may 'make up their own mind'. 'Truth is but one' as by its fundamental nature it is not a falsehood or opinion and may therefore be accepted by many as unquestionable fact. (But there are always some who will question facts.....that's generally a facility to progress!) 🙂
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    30 Sep '08 21:14
    Originally posted by veritas101
    Well I guess people should be entitled to express their opinion, or keep it to themselves, but that's about as much as they are entitled to, I'd say...
    I think that is a good answer as far as societal responsibility is concerned. It is the ideal philosophy of the country I live in.
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    30 Sep '08 23:10
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    Tell us more about the difference between an opinion and a personal truth.
    What is a personal truth?
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    01 Oct '08 00:011 edit
    Originally posted by bbarr
    Sigh.
    Oh, come on. You mean you thought you had eradicated these sorts of notional defects by now? You've only been educating readers here for a matter of years. When you're a philosopher, you're a philosopher for life.
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