Crossroads 2018: The PROOF of the pudding…

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Written, Edited and Presented by
Tim

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

You know, there’s a simple phrase that resounds, and echoes, throughout the modern culture on a VERY, annoyingly, regular basis – “Prove it…!”

Usually it’s in reference to a person claiming this, that, or the other about their Vampirism but there’s a place, and time, when it should be used and it should be used properly.

Accusations of misconduct, or misdeeds, are part and parcel of the modern Vampire culture and I guess we have to expect that when somebody gets upset with someone else. Calling people names like “paedophile”, “child molester”, “sexual predator”, “rapist”…well, that’s all well and good and, if there is evidence of conviction in a nationally, or State based, Sex Offenders Registry then it is justified and warranted BUT, and here’s the big “but”, if you have no proof for making said accusation, if you can’t support the claim with rock solid, incontrovertible and legally sound proof then you are committing an offence under the law and that, dear reader, gets you a black mark in the culture.

What’s the black mark? Well, you may get the title “Drama Queen”, you may get a name for yourself as a troublemaker and end up getting ignored, or shunned, by the mainstream culture. What’s worse, in this writer’s opinion, is the clear indication that you have no self-respect or dignity and therefore are clearly indicating that you should not be taken too seriously.

If you do it once you might get away with it by claiming you were in a bad mood, claiming your pet guppy passed away, claiming you had a bad day at work but if you persist and spread the poison far and wide then you will get a name as a douche and no one will take you seriously anymore. Now, you can sit back and say, “I don’t give a rat’s…” That’s fine, that’s your prerogative but the very fact that you don’t give a damn about anyone else reflects very poorly on YOU and, worse still, it reflects badly on people you call friends.

Take a look at this;

Img. source: Facebook

A most enlightening meme indeed and one that shows, step by step, how to avoid falling into the “Idiot” hole as you mingle.

Perhaps I could add another, “Never try and support your insupportable argument by yelling louder and getting other people to yell with you.” (Empty vessel syndrome)

Img. source: the register.co.uk

We all like to think that we are reasonable, educated, socially aware creatures and if we’re going to call ourselves that then we really ought to act like it. Let common sense and conscience guide you, apply critical thinking to things, question things, see if they make sense or they are backed by proof and evidence before you form an opinion, grab the pitchfork and brand and charge at somebody’s castle walls. You might just save yourself a whole lot of embarrassment and avoid the “Moron” label being plastered across your picture and name. That alone should make it worthwhile to you if for no other reason.

Proof and the burden of proof 

Burden of proof n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party bringing a civil lawsuit) show by a “preponderance of evidence” or “weight of evidence” that all the facts necessary to win a judgment are presented and are probably true. In a criminal trial the burden of proof required of the prosecutor is to prove the guilt of the accused “beyond a reasonable doubt,” a much more difficult task. Unless there is a complete failure to present substantial evidence of a vital fact (usually called an “element of the cause of action”), the ultimate decision as to whether the plaintiff has met his/her burden of proof rests with the jury or the judge if there is no jury. However, the burden of proof is not always on the plaintiff. In some issues it may shift to the defendant if he/she raises a factual issue in defense, such as a claim that he/she was not the registered owner of the car that hit the plaintiff, so the defendant has the burden to prove that defense. If at the close of the plaintiff’s presentation he/she has not produced any evidence on a necessary fact (e.g. any evidence of damage) then the case may be dismissed without the defendant having to put on any evidence.

(Ref: https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=109)

Proof n. confirmation of a fact by evidence. In a trial, proof is what the trier of the fact (jury or judge without a jury) needs to become satisfied that there is “a preponderance of the evidence” in civil (non-criminal) cases and the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” in criminal prosecutions. However, each alleged fact must be proved separately, as must all the facts necessary to reach a judgment for the plaintiff (the person filing a lawsuit) or for the prosecution (the “people” or “state” represented by the prosecutor). The defendants in both civil suits and criminal trials need not provide absolute “proof” of non-responsibility in a civil case or innocence (in a criminal case), since the burden is on the plaintiff or prosecution to prove their cases (or prove the person guilty).

(Ref: https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=1642)

Even though these are the definitions drawn from a legal dictionary it doesn’t matter what situation you are applying them to, it doesn’t matter whether you are in an official Court of Law or in The Court of Public Opinion, if you present yourself with noting but a wild accusation you won’t achieve anything except annoying people, in a Court of Law, that will get you a contempt citation, in the Court of Public Opinion that will get you a general contempt.

Respect yourself when you want to make assertions, accusations or public statements… get the facts, get the truth, or truth’s (there’s always more than one side to every story) form your opinions and then get the evidence and proof to back them up before you shoot your mouth off or let your fingers do the talking without having the brain involved and just maybe we’ll be able to enjoy more of the TRUTH and less of the B.S.

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Where Do You Seek Your Truth?

22 Aug 2011

Author: Lady M

 

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“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 asTruth 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

http://www.sanguinarius.org/

SphynxCat’s Real Vampires Support Page

http://sphynxcatvp.nocturna.org/

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