22 Aug 2011
Author: Lady M
photo credit: zen
“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.” ~ Denis Diderot
How many internet websites have you visited as you surf cyberspace looking for answers to your many questions about the truth of modern vampyrism?
How do you react when you do not get the answer that you seek? Like many of us, we keep on surfing hoping that there may be a place that will verify what we think we know as truth . . . but is it?
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is it safe to assume that truth is in the mind of the believer?
Truth, Dictionary.com defines it as: the true or actual state of a matter; conformity with fact or reality; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like.
Wikipedia defines truth as: Truth can have a variety of meanings, from the state of being the case, being in accord with a particular fact or reality, being in accord with the body of real things, events, actuality, or fidelity to an original or to a standard. In archaic usage it could be fidelity, constancy or sincerity in action, character, and utterance. The term has no single definition yet about which over fifty percent of professional philosophers and scholars agree, and various theories and views of truth continue to be debated. There are differing claims on such questions as what constitutes truth; what things are truth bearers capable of being true or false; how to define and identify truth; the roles that revealed and acquired knowledge play; and whether truth is subjective, relative, objective, or absolute.
There are five major theories of truth . . .
Correspondence Theory — For the truth to correspond it must first be proved by evidence or an individuals valid opinion which have similar meaning or context. This type of theory assumes a relationship between thoughts or statements on the one hand, and things or objects on the other.
Coherence theory — For coherence theories in general, truth requires a proper fit of elements within a whole system.
Constructivist Theory (learning theory) – holds that truth is constructed by social processes, is historically and culturally specific, and that it is in part shaped through the power struggles within a community. Constructivism views all of our knowledge as “constructed,” because it does not reflect any external “transcendent” realities. Rather, perceptions of truth are viewed as contingent on convention, human perception, and social experience.
Consensus Theory – holds that truth is whatever is agreed upon, or in some versions, might come to be agreed upon, by some specified group. Such a group might include all human beings, or a subset thereof consisting of more than one person.
Pragmatic Theory – There are three forms of this theory all hold that in common the truth is verified and confirmed by the results of putting one’s concepts into practice.
I expect that as many philosophers did in the past and still do today, is debate which basis is the “true” basis for determining what is truth.
Which leads us to determine what theory of truth, would we then apply to the Online Vampyre Community.
Let us examine then the theories individually in relation to the OVC.
The correspondence theory asks for proof by evidence. Although the OVC is a viable community on the internet, and we full well believe that those who claim to be vampyres are in fact telling the truth, there has been no scientific evidence to support the existence of the modern day vampyres.
The coherence theory requires a proper fit of elements or calls something true when it fits neatly into a well-integrated body of beliefs. There are many houses in the OVC that will have you believe that they are the keepers of the real truth about vampyres. So much so, that they will ask you, as part of their membership requirements, to purchase their bible or their book of wisdom. Tell me then, does their truth become the, be all, end all truth and would it sway your opinion into believing that their truth is the real truth? Three examples are: The Vampire Church; Strigoii Vii; Temple of the Vampire (TOV). These three examples are just a few of the many organizations within the OVC that have a belief system that may or may not cohere with the views and beliefs of other organizations within the OVC. Since these books of wisdom may be a required purchase before membership into said organizations, outsiders are not privy to view or review these books to make an informed choice. As such, the coherence theory would only apply to each individual house and their book of wisdom or bible.
Constructivist Theory holds that truth is constructed by social processes, and that it is in part shaped through the power struggles within a community. It also suggests that learners construct knowledge out of their experiences. Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Piaget who suggested mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. Within the processes of accommodation and assimilation, individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences. When individuals assimilate, they incorporate the new experience into an already existing framework without changing that framework. Unfortunately, there is no overall framework within the OVC to afford the placement of this knowledge so the learner assimilates the information into a personal, internalized framework. Thus this theory of truth could not be ascribed to the OVC.
Consensus theory holds that truth is whatever is agreed upon, or in some versions, might come to be agreed upon. At this point in time, there is very rarely any agreement within the OVC about anything.
Pragmatic theory holds that the truth is verified and confirmed by the results of putting one’s concepts into practice. This truth can only be found through ongoing investigation, in which we check our experiences against one another; that truth is never complete, as the future is always uncertain and may alter a current truth; that all knowledge needs to be checked and rechecked, built upon, or use it to shape our society; that all learning changes the world, for part of its effect will be causing us to act differently than had we not learned it.
I suggest that of the five theories of truth, the pragmatic theory fits the OVC more nearly than any of the others.
So now that we have determined what theory of truth may be the correct fit for the OVC, how do we know that what is being written and disseminated is, in fact, truth? . . .
Make your choices carefully when researching online sites in the OVC. Knowledge is power and should be available without a price tag or a membership fee. If you join a community and feel uncomfortable or are placed in a position where you are asked personal questions or harassed . . . leave. If you are newly awakened, your soul purpose should be gathering any and all information that you can to help you through your transition. Steer clear of the drama, don’t form your opinions on members based on the posts of others and above all . . . ask questions. Your research should start with reputable sites in the OVC, I can’t stress this enough.
Two sites that are an excellent source for information are as follows and do not require a membership fee:
Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page
SphynxCat’s Real Vampires Support Page
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