Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening. She gave a rousing acceptance speech which brought the audience to its feet and has even spurred speculation of a 2020 bid for the White House. There is no disputing it was a moving, eloquently delivered speech. She had me captivated until about halfway through when I became irritated. She started pandering to the press and forayed into the land of relativism.
“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” (Emphasis mine)
There is no such thing as your truth. There is only the truth. There is your opinion and there is even your story, but there are no special circumstances attached to truth that makes it your truth or my truth or anyone else’s. It is either the truth or it is not the truth. And if it’s not the truth, guess what? It’s a lie. Period.
Take, for example, the following comment someone posted to Facebook during the college football National Championships on Monday night.
If you watched the game, you saw what actually happened when POTUS was on the field.
If you struggled to hear booing, don’t panic. There’s no need to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. There’s no need to listen again with the volume turned all the way up because there was no booing to be heard and for some nincompoop to comment otherwise, “All I heard was booing when the Cheeto-in-Chief was on the field,” is a lie, possibly a secondary symptom of Trump-Derangement Syndrome, but never-the-less a lie.
That’s why Oprah’s comment, “what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” is so irritating. It is enormously inaccurate not to mention detrimental to society. Truth is not relative. It does not exist in relation to one’s personal history or experience. Truth is absolute.
I like Oprah Winfrey. I always have. There are many reasons to admire her… sadly, however, a commitment to purveying truth is clearly not one of them.
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