Several years ago, when I was still working in Washington DC, a well-known media and communications consultant reminded me of a fundamental distinction:
There’s a big difference between facts and the Truth.
Facts are malleable. We contort them and sequence them in just the right way. We decide which facts to consider and which we disregard. Either way, it’s about the story we want to tell. Which facts support the story? Those are the ones we use.
Truth is a higher standard. (And yes, that’s Truth with a capital ‘T.’) Truth considers the totality of evidence and experiences. It doesn’t disregard some facts for the sake of others. It moves beyond picking facts because they support our interests.
The story doesn’t come first, Truth is the story.
Who is telling that story?