I was having some interesting discussion (and fun) about this with some friends of mine who pointed out to me that a truth is absolute, basically. A perspective is not a truth. A truth is not a perspective.
Well…I think it’s a matter of semantics. I do agree that technically and precisely speaking, my friends are correct. Truth is an absolute, and perspective is not.
And in fact, in talking about my brothers and I, as I used for an example in that last post, their perspective of life as it happened, and mine…are definitely different. In reality, getting technical about it, the ‘truth’ is, or may be different from any of our perspectives. Or, at the very least, the perspectives of our parents were different still, than ours.
I still have no problem using that word ‘truth’ to describe MY truth, from my perspective. I think it’s generally understood. I may be wrong about that, but I know what I mean and I know that at least some people understand what I’m talking about and even use that same terminology with no objection.
But even if we want to be precise, and keep that word ‘truth’ out of it, my points on what would then simply be talking about ‘perspective’ remain the same, I think. Regarding relationships, I’ve always said, there’s one side of the story, and the other side of the story, and the truth is usually somewhere in the middle of the two. But regardless, you cannot dismiss a person’s perspective as being less than true and real to that person. And because another perspective is different, the same holds true for them.