What’s the difference Between Fact and Truth?

Truth or Fact. Which do you think is the purer concept?
When I first meditated on the question, ‘What’s the difference between fact and truth?’, I was glad that it’s a scientific item which I declared Fact –and only one so far.
Why? Because scientific facts changes from time to time and yet be acceptable. ‘A heavy smoker and drinker will die of cancer.’ (not the one I declared). That is considered a fact because it possesses objective reality. But is it truth? There are so many instances of heavy drinkers and smokers who outlive those who are not.

Ever wonder why fiction seems more ‘truth’ than ‘fiction’? Possibly because all fiction is probably based on facts. Or truth. Truth doesn’t change. The sun and the moon are two different objects. That is truth.

Religious and political extremists are brazen in proclaiming Truth which might only be facts. Truth might be the only sublime concept so let’s not toy with it.

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8 Responses to What’s the difference Between Fact and Truth?

  1. A.B.C. Richie says:

    A fact can still be proven otherwise (i.e. wrong or right) while the truth is a proven fact.

  2. pochp says:

    An excellent illustration sir John and I know what you mean.
    In fact, there was this time when a big bully was trying to evade paying for his games and became threatening to a friend who tended the billiard hall. He asked me if ever it became violent, to be a witness and say that the bully ‘threatened to kill him’.

    Of course that was a lie but I agreed with him because I hate bullies too.
    And of course some victims panic and say ‘He said he’s gonna kill me’ out of fearful imagination.

  3. John Villiotis says:

    As a professional police officer for three decades, I struggle with the less obvious examples of “truth” and “fact”. When a witness tells me he heard a suspect say “I’m gonna kill you.”, he may believe what he says, but he could be mistaken. I consider the statement true in that he believes what he says (as opposed to a lie) but not a fact.

  4. Adeniyi Justinah Oluweseun says:

    A job well done. i like ur sense of reasoning.

  5. pochp says:

    ‘The only difference I see between fact and truth is that a fact is the physical representation of a truth. The truth is the mental, verbal and/or spiritual acknowledgment of the fact that represents it.’

    That was keen thinking Gryph. The phrase ‘the fact of the truth’ might have said it all. More later.

  6. Gryphon says:

    there is no difference between “truth” and “fact.” They are two words for the same thing. Anything declared to be a fact that is proven wrong was never a fact in the first place. The same thing goes for the truth What is posited as a truth that is later proven to be false was false from the start, if it holds the exact composition later that it held when it was first proclaimed–in fact.

    That the moon and the sun are two distinct bodies is a fact and it is the truth–until such time as it can be shown otherwise and then it will be true that the original statement was always false.

    Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and the Messiah of Humanity. This is truth and will always be truth. It cannot be proven because the FACT of it is revelatory. If the fact of this truth has been revealed to you then there is nothing that can be said or proven to make it untrue ever again.

    The only difference I see between fact and truth is that a fact is the physical representation of a truth. The truth is the mental, verbal and/or spiritual acknowledgment of the fact that represents it.

    “He fell and broke his tail-bone” is a statement of a truth. “I saw him slip on a banana peel and land on his ass,” is a statement of the fact that supports the truth.

    I’m done.

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