Truth, Perception and Community

http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2009/04/journey-to-tehr.html
This little section struck me…

Out the door again at 8:00am for a meeting with President Ahmadinejad’s press adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a polite and smiling man with a prematurely snow-white beard.
Javanfekr wanted to know what I wanted to talk about.
We sat over tea and chatted for an hour about just about everything on the table between the U.S. and Iran. What surprised me most was the spokesman’s skepticism about who really caused the Sept. 11th attacks.

There is no skepticism on my part about who caused 9/11. I think the record is quite clear. Two things to remember:
1. What is clear for one is not necessarily clear for another. Clarity (which may be correct or incorrect clarity) is often a function of community.
2. Disagreement over the truth doesn’t undermine the fact that the truth exists. The confusion is a common function of human knowledge and must be weighed in relations to human community.

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