The truth matters

In recent years, a frightening trend has emerged in our public forums.

Emotional truths have replaced empirical facts. To question or seek facts that might counter a specific narrative is now perceived as “denialism”.

We witnessed (former U.S. presidential press secretary) Sean Spicer’s tragicomic claim that (former U.S. president) Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration attracted “the largest crowd to have witnessed an inauguration in history. Ever! Period!”

(Trump advisor) Kellyanne Conway then gave birth to the splendid oxymoron “alternative facts” in support of this false claim.

Huge amounts of political energy was wasted debating this unsupportable falsehood.

Empirical, scientifically incontrovertible evidence quickly surfaced that clearly undermined the Trump narrative; yet, incredibly, his supporters continue, to this day, to lay claim to the “truth”.

The reverberations of this cognitive dissonance are discernible in our own communities here in British Columbia. Truth requires facts to provide foundational stability and longevity.

As we navigate through various difficult conversations regarding our national identity and history, it is vital that fact guides our search for truth.

Max Wilkie, North Vancouver

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