"The philosophy of pragmatism goes something like this. The mind is such that it deals only with ideas. It is not possible for the mind to relate to anything other than ideas. Therefore, it is not correct to think that the mind actually can ponder reality. All that the mind can ponder is ideas
about reality. (Whether or not that is the way reality actually is, is a metaphysical issue). Therefore, whether or not something is true is not a matter of how closely it corresponds to the absolute truth, but of how consistent it is with our experience." --Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters
When put into the context of consistency with my experience (or yours, the reader), how can any one of us don the mantle of sanctimonious arrogance and assume that our truth is the only one that matters? All truths matter equally, and it's important to recognize our truth as our own personal experiences . When we buy into other people's truths, we add just another layer of veil. We fail when we judge based on their stories, not our own experiences. We corrupt the truth by letting someone else think for us, because we are dealing with ideas that aren't our own.Consistent with our experience.
It takes more than one to make things fair. When we make judgement calls, we are are doing so from our own frame of reference. That doesn't make us right. It also doesn't make us wrong. But it does make me think. We are dealing strictly with ideas our brains come up with based on what we are presented. Labels are ways of linking ideas. If I put a label on something or someone, it doesn't change anything. It's just a word I use. I can keep it or change it. The brain hemispheres process in different ways. The left is sequential and literal. The right is all about patterns. Labels work for both hemispheres. It allows me to learn from behavior consistent with my experience. The left side defines the label, the right side finds what fits the definition and chunks them together.
These are the ideas of truth my mind is rolling about with today. They are consistent with my experience. I'm looking forward to having more experiences to expand my truth.