The Narrative of Truth

When I give lectures about entrepreneurship, one of the things I introduce is the concept of multiperspectivity.

One of the examples I use is truth and the difference between something being true and truth.

If someone says “it’s 100% true” (or 100% NOT true), it may be true from their perspective, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the truth.

Many interest groups or better called โ€œseducersโ€ claim to know and to tell the truth, sometimes even labeled as the only truth.

So we are confronted with various truths about wars, liberation, terror, business intentions, religions, sects, influencers, politics and much more. Presented as โ€œfactsโ€, little morsels that briefly tickle your head and you are immediately drawn to Flat Earth, fascism or the latest TikTok dance.

What they all have in common is that the view is set in order to follow the seducer. Otherwise it doesn’t work.

There is the allegory of the cave which, however, is very complex.

We humans cannot deal with complexity, we need reduction, drawers and simple structures.

The image of the different shadows of a complex object is much more impressive, but this concept requires an understanding of the different shadows to draw conclusions about the original object.

Many people can’t do that.

Let’s change the basic assumption and define the truth as a sphere.

A sphere looks the same from all sides, so it would be easy to discover a different shape if the facts don’t add up.

That is exactly the concept behind multiperspectivity. Walk around the object and look at it from all sides. To change the perspective to confirm the basic form, or to take corrective action.

Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to access all the facts and the individual facets.

The media as well SMIBS don’t let you see the sphere itself, only the shadow. And only from one perspective without revealing the truth.

The concept of multiperspectivity could accompany us every day to discover the seducers, but…

Thinking is painful

Consumption numbs