Interview by Amanda Fernandez for Philosophy of Person subject

1. How do you know that what you know is true? How do you know the difference between a dream and the real thing?

Basically, the truth is what we know and proven or something that we learned from somebody we trust. The former speaks of observations that catered our minds with proofs. For instance, it is true that products sold from Divisoria are way cheaper than those in the malls based from the argument “Divisoria products are cheaper or more expensive.” With your personal encounter buying from the mall and Divisoria, you’ve proven the tautology that it is cheaper and existing by going and seeing it for yourself. In the latter, on the other hand, truth is based from the influence of one who has authority and the one you trust and believe in. When your mother, a person you truly trust because she decides for all of your actions during your childhood, says that the neighbor is evil, even without saying any explanation, you will believe it. It’s a matter of influence and credibility. Although the representation of yourself is a microcosm of a bigger scope in society, still it applies. That’s how the truth is handled yet the latter explanation can be disregarded sometimes due to some reasons (i.e. if your mother is proven to be a liar).

Sometimes the truth becomes subjective based on the vantage point of the person. If you were asked “What was the emotion of the person in front of you?” and you say happy because you see the person smiling, it is truth for you. However, when the friend of this person is asked about the emotion of this person, and since the friend knows that the person has problems and sad even if the person is smiling, she will say that the person is sad. That is the truth for the friend and that’s the “more truth.”

“Let’s capture the dream.” – Chazz Michael Michaels, Blades of Glory

A dream can either be something you want to happen in your life or events that happen during unconsciousness period. How is it different from a real thing? Of course, when you dream, sometimes you dream of improbable things to happen like you can fly or you have super powers and the like. One thing that is similar from both dream and reality is the emotion. Whether you are dreaming or facing reality, there is emotion and that will always be present. When you dream that somebody you love is dead or if in reality somebody you love is dead, you will be sad. But the question now is, what if it is in reality that you can do things that you can only do when dreaming? Example, you can fly and it is already the truth. How can you then classify if it’s still a dream? The answer is two words: physical feelings.

2. Given the choice between the real imperfect world and the virtual perfect world, what would you prefer? Why?

Who would like to live in a perfect world but those who are boring? Life is meaningful and sensible because of the risks and imperfection of it. Although of course sometimes life becomes full of imperfection like some sort of series of unfortunate events but that’s the essence of it. If we live in a perfect, everybody’s rich and happy always. People don’t have problems and they don’t have any challenges. This world is only good for people who want to play safe. These people who play safe are people who won’t improve because it’s just senseless. So the answer is real imperfect world. Hence, who would like to live in a “virtual world?” It sounds phony.

3. Define truth. Why do you think people struggle to know the truth? What’s the point of knowing the truth?

“The truth shall prevail.” – The Philippine Star

Truth is the interpretation of fact as what I’ve explained in question number 1. The truth is, truth hurts that’s why people struggle to know it. A lot of people are scared of the truth and so they tend not to know it or even try to alter it. One truth that all people know is the truth that we will all die. At some point, I, you and everybody else will die. Now, other people can’t accept it especially when someone they love so much dies. They know the truth about death yet they want to avoid it because it hurts. The whole point why we should know the truth is that it sets us free. That’s why justice existed because people want to know the truth whether or not others don’t like to know or try to alter it. Example there is a massive cheating in an election, justice for the truth to be prevailed is essential because the truth will dictate the future of the people. And so in other aspects.

JGP 7-5-09

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