“Unique Truth,” Abortion, and Terrorism
The idea that each of us has a “unique truth” instead of going by objective standards has more serious consequences than a corrupt governor giving a preposterous speech:
Subjectivist philosophies have given us a world where the right to life of somebody who hasn't been born yet depends on somebody else's emotional reaction. They have given us a world where perceived humiliation is an excuse to explode.
"My truth is that I am a gay American,'' announced Gov. James McGreevey to the people of New Jersey last Thursday.
That's such an exquisitely contemporary formulation: ''my'' truth. Once upon a time, there was only ''the'' truth. Now everyone gets his own or, as the governor put it, ''One has to look deeply into the mirror of one's soul and decide one's unique truth in the world.''