It’s a controversial idea. It implies that some truths are not absolute. This calls into question many belief systems and moral constructs. It also justifies a lack of consistency and continuity. A slippery slope indeed.

Consider this. I accept that treating people with respect as a fundamental construct of human existence, a truth. It is always the expected conduct. The application of this truth changes based on the context of the interaction. On a bus, it might be to allow an elderly person to take the seat instead.

When attending the trial of my wrongdoer, respect expresses itself in my unwillingness to allow the individual to continue with behaviour that undermines their own value by devaluing the value of the persons they disrespect.

This seems obvious. We apply truth contextually every single day.

Why is it that all truth, even the most fundamental core belief system truths, would not be subject to a contextual application?

Before we can determine what is true and appropriate, we must first determine context.

Then, we must translate the truth accurately.

Victoria Alexander

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