Truth IS Truth/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on August 22, 2018

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The title of this post was first used this week, as far as one can determine, by commentator Eugene Robinson. It is a reply to the foolish pronouncement of a Trump attorney who bellowed that “Truth is NOT Truth”. An underlying foundation of mediation process is that truth must prevail. A party must be truthful in stating their positions. This is the least one can offer their opposing party, their mediator, and themselves. “To thine own self be true”.

In the Jewish literature known as “Ethics of Our Fathers”, there is a statement that one who quotes his/her sources brings Salvation to the world. Why is this so? One explanation I have seen is that a person may well wish to get credit for all the wise things they say. If that person quotes the source of the wisdom they are spouting, it shows a deep commitment to honesty and truth. It is for this reason that the rabbis state that the “seal” of God is truth. Everything we do, in order to imitate God, must bear the imprimatur of truth. That “seals” the deal.

Disputes often arise from a desire to see the best in all we do, and to see the worst in all that our detractors do to us. Try to resolve your dispute. Utilize the weapon of truth-telling. Try to understand where the other party is coming from. Then enter into mediation and pursue Win-Win. Be honest with your opposing party. Be honest with yourself. Most importantly, be honest with yourself. It is the least that you are owed.

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