What is truth? Is it definitive? Is it fact-based? In an early post on this blog, Facts Versus Truth, I referenced a quote from William Faulkner, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”
In today’s post-facts/alternative facts Donald Trump era, I finally get what Faulkner was expressing. Facts don’t matter anymore. Truth has become subjective. Truth is something one believes to be true and anything that contradicts that perceived “truth” must be hidden from one’s consciousnesses.
For example, let’s look at what Trump supporters believe to be “the truth.” In a survey by Public Policy Polling, 75% of Trump voters believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the entire story about Russia’s meddling in our election process is “fake news.”
Only 45% of Trump voters say that they believe that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians to get information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, even though Trump Jr. not only admitted to taking the meeting, but released the emails setting up that meeting. Seriously?
And 77% of Trump voters believe that Trump should remain in office even if the investigations reveal that Trump is found guilty of colluding with Putin and the Russians.
Is the truth somehow hidden from the minds of Trump supporters? Or are they just willfully ignorant of the truth?
I think it’s the latter.
This post is for today’s one-word prompt, “Hidden.”