Discussion in 'Religion & Philosophy' started by Steerpike, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    How truth-phobic are you and how much respect do truth-phobes deserve?

  2. Rebeccaaa

    Rebeccaaa yellow 4!

    On what scale? The truth as in the 'ultimate truth' or just day to day situations? I've never heard of a truth phobic before lol...

    I'll edit this accordingly :p

    Ok, so we're talking in general then... (and the reason I'd distinguish is because they are two different kinds of truth)

    Since a phobia is an intense, irrational fear of something, I don't believe that truth-phobes should be disrespected. I'm finding it hard to put myself in that place but I'm guessing it isn't their fault.
    The only way I'd say I was afraid of the truth (but in no way phobic, thats a strong word) is when its something I really don't want to believe, say my dad was arrested for murder but claimed he didn't do it.. I would be terrified of the truth being that he did.

    I can see how people would be scared of 'the ultimate truth' ... maybe thats where religion comes in :hi: .......... :bolt:
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  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    Why distinguish between the two?
  4. Tucker

    Tucker Lion Rampant

    How shall we define "truth-phobia" for the purposes of this discussion? Are you asking for opinions on true, clinical alethophobia, or do you categorize as "truth-phobic" those who would disagree with your own personally held suppositions?
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  5. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    If "x" is true, then "x" is true.

    Why would someone be afraid of either accepting or acknowledging truth?

    It is to your credit that you find it hard to put yourself in that place. Why wouldn't it be their fault?

    Religion has no systematic relationship to truth.
  6. PretzelCorps

    PretzelCorps Registered Member

    I am not personally afraid of truth --> Certainly, I presume not to know any truth necessarily one way or another, until I see fit to presume otherwise; even then, I will never proclaim what I believe to be true as the ultimate/absolute truth ('cuz I'm not so perfect, myself)

    Were I asked to define "truth-phobia", so termed, I would say that it is a condition wherein the person in question is more concerned with being "right" rather than being "truthful", born of any combination of exterior conditions including, but not exclusive to:

    • Fear
    • Anger
    • Insecurity
    • Ignorance
    • Arrogance
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  7. Kazmarov

    Kazmarov For a Free Scotland

    Once one builds a house, they will resist moving elsewhere. Principles are much the same.

    I do understand the predicament they are in, but anyone with a sufficient sense of reason should at some point realize their own faults.
  8. Rebeccaaa

    Rebeccaaa yellow 4!

    What I meant with different types of truths was that I can see how someone would be scared of the truth that their dad is a murderer (why do I keep using that example lol) and I can see how someone else could be so scared of the unknown that they refuse to believe the truth. In fact nobody knows what the truth is where that example is concerned, but I do know there are people who will convince themselves of something that deep down they probably know isn't going to be real.

    It depends on the truth. Most likely they can't handle it, but to an extreme. Or other psychological issues that I'm not aware of.

    I don't know anything significant about truth-phobes, but a phobia is a phobia. I have one, its not my fault that I've a fear of _____, so I don't see how it is their fault either. Maybe I should word it as: they shouldn't be blamed for it.

    I meant that lifes big questions are un-answered. This frightens people. Some take it to the extreme and believe in things [religion] that they know have very little chance of being real, deep down.

    Is it possible to have a phobia of the truth? I just looked and can't find any info on it at all.
  9. Steerpike

    Steerpike Registered Member

    You are taking this too literally. I am referring to something along the lines of:

    Along with this add the person who refuses to "call a spade a spade" for whatever reason.

    If you look at what PretzelCorps said about this along with my comments and compare that to the behavior one can find both on the internet and real life, then one can see that there is no shortage of those who display this behavior.

    With this in mind, would you change any of what you have said regarding this?
  10. Corona

    Corona Registered Member

    Truth-phobia is cowardice. Intentionally choosing ignorance over knowledge to gain some momentary respite is detestable.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
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