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Truth, the Queen, and the Penitent

For thousands of years, teachers and philosophers have waxed eloquent about Truth. It is the final chapter to every story. Even now, for A Million Little Pieces.

After millennia of Truth's esoteric importance to philosophy and it's recent decline into negligability, at a point when entertainment is more influential than ever, it only makes sense that Truth would be put on trial before the Queen of daytime talk shows, ultimately attempting to reestablish its importance.

In a twist that only real life could bring, James Frey wrote in his book, "This is my truth," and "The truth matters." The Smoking Gun brought to light the fact that Frey had certainly made it his truth but that it hadn't been the truth accepted by most other people. If it had, there would never have been an issue. In some ways, truth today is whatever the majority of people are willing to accept.

Ultimately, the question is not "How important is truth?" The problem Oprah and others had is that they'd been lied to. It was not Truth that is most important, but whether individuals are violated. In other words, as it played out on Oprah, people's feelings of betrayal were the standard for Frey's error, not how much he Truth had been twisted. In this, human's innate sense of justice came through, desiring not to be lied to.

Of course, in being honest, Truth is served and justice is maintained. You can't have one without the other. This was somewhat clouded on Oprah's show. I think she would certainly advocate for truth, standing alone, but on the show, Frey's sin was not lying but lying to people, to enough people.

Tomorrow, I will post some of the transcript from the show regarding Truth.