September 30, 2021 marks Canada’s first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. Better late then never?
As a personal injury lawyer, the big theme in the title of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is the word “Truth“.
We are told as children, adults and throughout law school the importance of telling the truth; along with the importance of seeking out the truth.
But the truth can mean different things to different people.
There are two types of truths.
There are objective truths. These are facts or findings which nobody can deny or contradict.
Mathematics such as arithmetic and trigonometry are objective truths.
The time of day is an objective truth.
If you seek to discredit these objective truths, you will either be wrong; or appear as delusional. Or perhaps you’re a savant who has stumbled onto a new way of thinking which breaks the barriers or speed, sound and time; in which case we have all got a lot more learning to do 🙂
I trust you understand where I’m going with objective truths.