Truths about 'the truth'

Prabhakar Vissavajjhala (vissa@cortex.neuro.mssm.edu)
Fri, 10 Oct 1997 13:45:51 -0500


                                Truths about 'the truth'

          'Truth' is like 'the ray or beam of light'. It has many
properties similar to 'light'.

For eg., like 'a light beam', 'truth' is also very straight.  However, when
it travels from one medium into the other (like a pencil partly dipped in
water and hanging partly in the air),  it bends. This is what exactly
happens when 'a truth/fact' travels from one person to another person. The
degree of bending depends on the medium (second person), viz., whether it
is far from original or close to it etc. (Technically in physics they call
this 'refraction'). Please do remmember that after the bend, once again it
looks straight within that medium. Very rarely, we may come across a medium
(person/people), where it does not take a bend or the bending is
insignificant.

Sometimes, either with or without any bad intension, people create a
difference between 'what they heard' and what they 're-tell'.  They believe
what they understood' is what they heard (quite honestly; not pretentively
in some cases).  So, this forms a situation similar to absorbing 'the
truth' at one frequency and emitting it at some other 'frequency',
different from the original . (Technically this is similar to the principle
of 'fluoresence'.)  At least, if this happens immediately, the first person
may be able to correct the second person (assuming this is all
unintensional and genuine). However, sometimes there would be a significant
time gap between these 'absorption' and 're-emission' of 'truth'. So,
sometimes, it can create a hell in such cases, especially, if the
frequencies are far apart from each other.  For eg., In day-to-day events
of human society, these phenomena very often  involve 'teachers and
students' or 'political/ movie/sports stars and the journalists'.

The other important aspect of the 'truth' can be best explained by a very
typical but a simple and most ubiquitous example as follows. 'Father' can
approached by calling him 'nAnna'. One can not deny the 'truth', if
somebody prefers to call him 'amma  moguDa!'. However, unless otherwise
somebody is obnoxious for the best known reasons to oneself, we don't come
across people calling one's own 'father' as 'amma  moguDa'. So, this
confirms that 'the truth' has two important components in it. They are
'what is said' and 'how is said'. So, this essential dual characteristic
feature of 'truth' is once again comparable to that of 'light', where light
is described to be an electromagnetic radiation. It means, 'light' has two
components called 'electric' and 'magnetic' vectors  (directional forces).
So, in 'truth', 'what is said' becomes 'electric vector' and 'how is said'
makes for 'magnetic vector'.

                     nijamu  balku TepuDu  nishTuramani  jeppi
                     kallalADa  jUDa  valla  daniri
                     noppi  puTTakunDa  jeppa vale  nijamu
                     ade  prabhAkaru  nabhimatamu  naraya

With regards,
Prabhakar Vissavajjhala

P.S.: As variation is the law of life, everything is unique. However,
certain features occurring similar among the unique things, tempt people to
compare  cinsidering them equal. However, one should not forget that
'things' are still unique, inspite of the similarities. Afterall,  'equal
to' is diffreent from 'identically equal to'.