A simple explanation of “objective” versus “subjective” is to be found here “An objective perspective is one that is not influenced by emotions, opinions, or personal feelings – it is a perspective based in fact, in things quantifiable and measurable. A subjective perspective is one open to greater interpretation based on personal feeling, emotion, aesthetics, etc”
Objective truth is the bane of my existence. All in good humor here, but perhaps it is the bane of everyone’s existence. I speak however, of conversation styles, faith, and the ancient Greeks, philosophers who taught us how to think.
So what is my beef with objective truth? Well people, often men, tend to claim they have found it, they have reasoned their way to it through logic, falsification, and reduction. That’s charming, I don’t mind such games at all, my problem begins when someone announces having arrived at Absolute Truth… and it is ME. Ah, yes, ego pride, self-absorption. See, if someone says, I know Absolute Truth, I am prone to say, “Ahhh, so you’ve met the Lord! Is He not the most beautiful ever? Can you feel Him, smell His fragrance? Doesn’t the sweetness of His grace just permeate every bit of your being?”
And then comes my crushing realization that they really haven’t met the Lord at all and my heart just sinks….
I know, I know, it’s very feminine perspective, subjective, melodramatic even, but it is what it is.
One issue is the idea that, “I have detached myself from emotion, opinions, and feelings and established the truth and nature of some thing.” In this case I am speaking of relationships between men and women. Do men not often have trouble seeing the nature of themselves? So do women, but my point being, some men often believe themselves to be in possession of logic and reason….. while women are just crazy. Emotional. Irrational. Subjective and foolish.
You don’t have to walk the planet very long to see that deception, the lie entwined in that one. What some declare to be my logic, my reason, is so enmeshed with emotions, feelings, and opinions, it is quite convoluted. All in good humor here, but if you ever doubt that, question someone about their Absolute Truth and you will soon discover some feelings there. One’s Absolute Truth often has a way of confirming one’s own bias and opinions, so nothing more than confirmation bias masked as logic and reason.
I suspect this has a whole lot to do with biological gender differences and culture. I for example have the freedom to simply declare, “I feel like it,” or “my emotional state has led me to these conclusions.” We seldom extend that same kind of grace to men, our culture discourages men from getting in touch with their feelings, and perhaps biology leads them to be slightly less inclined to do so, too. Just the same, men actually do have emotions, opinions, or personal feelings.
They often scream out at me from the midst of your alleged Absolute Truth, just begging, begging I tell you, to be recognized and acknowledged. Don’t be one of those Stoics, emotions and feelings all denied and repressed, it leads to early heart attacks, depression, and suicide. It also blocks one from truly knowing and experiencing Jesus Christ. He is the passion of the Christ, the lover of our souls.
I’m not quite sure which of our Greek or Latin forefathers decided that apologetics should involve Absolute Truth as if one can just reason their way to God based on nothing more than human logic, but if I ever meet up with them, I plan to pour out some feelz all over them.