“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”
It is often said that the truth is in the eyes of the beholder. Gandhi reminds us in today’s quote that truth is something that can stand alone without any outside assistance. In essence, it is what it is. Remember, the definition of truth is as follows: the body of real things, events and facts; the state of being the case; a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true. The one word though that is missing in any definition that I could find was “evidence” as this to me is what supports something as being true. Evidence eliminates that subjectivity piece while keeps emotions at bay and doesn’t cloud that truth. The facts are the facts.
Gandhi refers to an error as not becoming truth by reason of multiplied propagation. This means errors alone should never turn something into a truth based on multiple people spreading their own opinions or interpretations of what that truth is or should be. We need to be mindful as a society and avoid becoming complacent to what we are being told especially during this time of fear of uncertainty. It is often during these times many also lose their desire for the truth and tend to go with whatever is presented at face value either in person, from the news or other social media platforms. The truth is then very hard to find. So my advice is we need to do our own research, discover the factual evidence behind that truth to fully understand things in order to make an educated decision for ourselves as a society.
When I think of our moral compass, I believe that our moral fiber should be based on what we designate as our own truth, who we think we are as a person, what we value and how we treat ourselves and others. It seems to me that in some senses we need to rediscover what our truth is. Once we do this we can better assess how our truth and someone else’s coincide. In order for us to live in a more truthful society Gandhi encouraged his people by saying, “We won’t put up with anything but truth and justice any longer and will simply not cooperate with our rulers until they treat us fairly”. I think we need to do the same thing for ourselves in today. If there is ever a time where we need to find ourselves and what it is we truly believe in now is the time.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?