Is There More Than One Truth?

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “There are three truths: mine, yours, and the truth.”

There are two sides to every story, and somewhere in between lies the real story – as the following tale illustrates:

At a gathering, two 8-year-old boys began arguing over the prize from a box of Cracker Jack. They’d just finished sharing the treat when one of the boys suddenly accused the other of taking the prize.11.gif

The other insisted he had not, and it wasn’t too long before the two youngsters were shouting at each other and drawing a lot of attention. An adult stepped in, separated the boys, and sternly asked them what the ruckus was all about.

“He stole the prize,” one boy accused, and the other responded defiantly, “I did not!”

The adult took the box and peered inside, then tore the box open, exposing a small paper puzzle that was wedged in the cardboard wrapper. He looked at both boys, who hung their heads for a moment. Then they looked at each other, grinned sheepishly and apologized. Moments later, they ran off to play, the prize forgotten.

You don’t have to win an argument to seize the prize. Sometimes there’s a lot more worth in recognizing what’s true for someone else, identifying what’s true for you, and looking for a common truth in the situation. You don’t have to agree with another’s point of view – but it sure helps if you understand it.

The prize in any argument is finding the truth for everyone and recognizing the worth of both sides of a story.

Then you can run and play again.

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