"There is no truth. There is only perception."
“You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.”
“Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless”
“Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art”
“Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.”
“Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.”
In an article by Chris Maser that can be found here under Perception is Truth one can find some interesting quotes which I also find quite relative.
The Indian spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, said that, "A votary of truth [a person fervently devoted to truth] is often obliged to grope in the dark."
"Truth is absolute. Perceptions of truth are relative. Therefore, facts, which are perceptions of truth, are relative. That is why truth is singular and perceptions plural. "
"Trying to understand the Universal Laws is the essence of science. Yet even having worked as a scientist for 40 years or more, I would not know a "scientific truth" if I stepped on one, because my perception of how Universal Laws work is constantly changing. A "scientific fact" is therefore a fact only by consensus of the scientists, which means that a scientific fact or "truth" is only an approximation of what is. It represents our best understanding of reality at this moment and is constantly subject to change as we learn."
"My dream told me that Truth is both impartial and perfect, while our perception of truth is both partial and imperfect. In addition, Truth can exist only where The Eternal Mystery is, only in the present, in this instant, in the here and now. The past and the future are both illusions, and like all illusions, they are devoid of Truth."
It is why I always try and mention that what I write about is my opinion. I often fail unfortunately because I am human and passionate about some subjects. My truth is my perception of "what is" and may or may not be true in the truest sense of true or even perceived as true by those with a different perception of reality. Any of us that claim the righteous "truth" are in fact lying to ourselves because perception makes it our truth.
When I write about myself it is from my memories and they may or may not be flawed but it is what I remember and luckily I have someone around that remembers and was involved with my life until I was 17 but even her version of the "truth" is how she perceives it although she did write a journal about all of it as it was happening, which is also her perception of what happened which quite often contradicts how I actually thought it happened. Her perception is different than mine because she witnessed it and lived it from a different perception.
I write for myself and my opinions are my opinions. I really do not care who reads this blog. If your perception is different and I upset you then go read a blog you agree with. The first 25 years of my life were lived in turbulent times when there was hardly even a perception of the truth about what I was. Even after I learned I was "transsexual" I really had little information about what that truly meant other than the occasional meeting or phone call with Dr. Benjamin. It got better as the years passed but it was never easy.
I have often said it was just so confusing. I thought I was a girl and could not understand why they could not just "let me be" a girl. The naivete of a child whose perception was that she was really a girl despite the obvious physical difference in her genitals. My perception of the truth was mine and mine alone but it was my truth and there are many children today whose perception is similar.
This perception of our truth does not make us better than any other Transsexual but it does make us different than most Transsexuals because we are the ones that usually resist and fight back against being what others perceive we should be. If we are lucky we have parents who recognize what is wrong. If we are not lucky it can get very ugly for the child. When your sex identity is at odds with your body life is not a lot of fun. Few of us make it past 30 although I have several friends who did but "living hell" seems more appropriate than "life" considering what they lived through.
It is my perception of the truth that makes it difficult for me to understand others because my perceptions cloud my view of them based on what I understand. It is the same for them when they look a me and others like me. They often believe they would like to be like me and then alter their perception of themselves to fit a paradigm that in my perception can not possibly fit them. They do not realize that 2 + 2 does not = "22" but they think I should alter my perception of the truth to fit their perception of their truth.