11/23/2021

Information is not necessarily truth

 

Everyday, we are overwhelmed by infinite amount of information. Some are factual and truthful and some are false and incorrect. There is also a great deal of information on human mind and psychology easily available to people. Experts including scholars, religious leaders, and psychologists publish books, give lectures, and provide educational programs. They all argue that they are preaching truth. Internet and social network services accelerate and intensify the spread of information more than ever.

 

When information on human mind and psychology is truthful, it may promote happiness in people's lives, but when it is not, it may cause unhappiness and suffering in many people's lives. Unfortunately, some of the information with global popularity seems harmful rather than beneficial to individuals and the whole society causing psychological pain and suffering and collapse of healthy human relationships.

 

Information may be based on facts but it does not guarantee that it is truth. It may  look and sound right and useful but it may be distorted and not fundamental. You may be convinced of the truthfulness of the information, but it may be self-conviction derived from self-justification.

 

To be able to discern the difference between truthful information and false information, you may consider the following points:

 

Information you know about human and psychology may not be truth.

Scripture is truth, but interpretation of it may not.

Truth is simple, but untruthful information is decorated with splendor.


KIP(Korea Institute of Psycho-education) : http://www.uip.ac/

E-mail : uip@uip.ac

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