I read a book years ago called “Language, Truth, and Logic”. If you have a moment to get (what many would consider to be) “philosophical” and maybe learn a new trick follow along:
One lesson I learned from that book: To speak “truth” is redundant. The word “truth”, or “true”, is stated only as communicated emphasis of the speaker’s self supported integrity.
In other words, if communication includes the word “truth”, the writer/speaker is simply emphasizing that what they are saying should be believed by the audience.
When Oprah, or anyone else talks about “the truth”, “your truth”, “my truth”, the word ironically has no tangible value. The speaker is merely amplifying their message in hopes of resonating with the audience.
“The truth is you’re reading this message on Facebook.”
is no more valid than:
“You’re reading this message on Facebook.”
Commonly people will jump in here and give me a “yeah but”.
Yeah but what?
Don’t just take my word for it. Try this yourself:
Write a sentence where the addition of the word “truth” is necessary to validate a statement.
Don’t over think this.
Even in the most vague general spiritual essence, “truth” is redundant. The word never needs to be used, ever.
Unless of course you want to emotionally manipulate an audience. Then, tell the world about “the truth”.
Personally I try to avoid the word all together. The truth is if I use the word it’s by mistake, truly.
What can you learn from all this? See through the word “truth” and read the message for all the words that remain.