It was day 1 of Change Camp NYC, and we were deep in a discussion about truth, and about what it really means for something to be true.
Together, my co-host Bryce and I laid out our two definitions of truth.
I went first.
“In order for something to be true, there needs to be irrefutable evidence. For example, regardless of whether or not I believe in gravity, when I drop this pencil, it’s going to fall to the ground. The fact that gravity exists on this planet is true.”
Bryce went next.
“Truth is simply an agreement between two or more people. If people agree that something is true, that makes it true. For example, we are all in agreement that it’s currently 2:30pm on Saturday, which therefore makes that true.”
My favorite thing about these two definitions of truth is that they show you how few things are actually true. In the first definition, we’ve limited fundamental truths to things like gravity, the rising of the sun, etc. Which means that everything else we believe is true (the necessity of a 40-hour work week, how “hard” it is to make change, the fact that we “should” or “must” act a certain way) isn’t true at all.
Which is how you can use the second definition to change your life, because as soon as you stop agreeing and believing that something is true, it stops being true for you.
If you stop believing that you need to check email first thing in the morning, that stops being true. If you stop believing that you have to use social media in order to have a successful business, it stops being true for you. If you stop believing that you don’t “have enough willpower” to change the way you eat, that stops being true too. And on and on.