Truth and meaning

Here’s a thought:

Truth is something you find. Meaning is something you create.

Because a truth you’ve just created, can hardly be said to be a truth. Truth is something you find outside of yourself.

And because meaning that comes to you from outside of you does not mesure up to meaning you create yourself for yourself from what happens around you.

And it just struck me, that if the meaning you create for yourself is not based on truth it must be a flimsy and vulnerable thing indeed.

Or what do you think?

0 thoughts on “Truth and meaning”

  1. I like this Alex. It reminds me of something I remember from learning translation and interpretation theory years ago. E.D. Hirsch argued that a text had a meaning that stood outside the reader. This equates to your use of truth (its seems to me). The author’s intent was his meaning and it was the readers job let the author communicate his/her meaning. But a text also had a significance unique to each reader (this seems to equate to your use of meaning). And it was important that the reader discover the signficance of the text but not apart from the author’s meaning.

    Anyhow, just a thought to add along side your post.

    Good to see your blog so active again with various posts!

  2. Hi Mike

    Yes, that’s exactly it. A meaning outside of the reader is what I call truth. A meaning inside is "your" meaning.

    I knew I couldn’t be the first to think of this one :o)

    And it’s good to be back and blogging after a loooong break.

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