Freedom and Facts

We need to differentiate between experiences and facts. We know that our individual perspectives affect how we experience events, but do they also affect the underlying facts?

The answer is no. Facts are facts.

So, for example, one person might experience exceptional service at a restaurant, but another person might experience terrible customer service. Can both be true? The answer is yes. Perhaps the first person was celebrating a birthday and experienced the dinner through rose-colored glasses, which raised the service of the staff, while the second person had just experienced a devastating event and complained throughout the meal, bringing down the staff’s service.

But facts are not subjective. For example, 2 plus 2 cannot equal 5.

In 1943, George Orwell wrote about the importance of truth in politics in an essay about the Spanish Civil War. “Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as ‘the truth’ exists,” he said. “The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened’ — well, it never happened. If he says

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