Aliza Cantor Unit 2 Assignment 3

In today’s day and age, there is so much new information constantly being put out into the world, that it is hard to decipher what is important for us to care about, and what is not. People tend to listen to those whom they can trust. Trust is a complicated matter because it is not always based on fact, it can also be based on emotion and personal history. Without trust, a speaker or writer will never be able to hold the attention of a group of people long enough to make them care about what they are discussing. People tend to trust those who have a good history with the truth they are discussing. It is also important for the speaker, or writer, to show that they know what they are talking about, that they have a history with this specific topic and can personally relate to the truth. An individual listening or reading about a truth need context, and when that context can come from the speaker’s or writer’s on personal experience, the public can see the importance of the topic and the need to care.

Can someone have more than one truth? We have discussed the topic of a single truth and we have discussed the topic of having one identity, however I want to further understand if these two things can be made up of more than one thing. In my opinion no one has just one truth and no one has just one identity, both are made up of many different aspects. An identity is multifaceted. We are not just one description. We are made up of so many different aspects (gender, nationality, relationship, education, career,etc.). Confining someone to just one identity takes away the ability for individuals to be unique, and that is what allows our world to be diverse. I think by saying there is only one truth, or someone only has one identity, is confining them to a single story. A single story is dangerous. It is how misleading truths are formed. If there can only be one truth, and that truth is not based on the full story, is it really the truth?

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