Final thoughts

17 Jan

Just as each individual’s life experience is unique, so are interpretations of the truth. Therefore just because perceptions of the truth may vary does not mean they are not valid. Every individual’s interpretation of the truth is an important piece of the puzzle. You can’t make a whole without all of its parts.

We were reminded today that there is always more to the truth than just one individual’s interpretation of the truth. It is our responsibility as social workers to always strive to get as many interpretations of the truth as we can before coming to a conclusion or making a decision about any issue. As social workers it is our responsibility to always work hard to get as close to the truth as possible, for the truth has many layers and endless perspectives. Therefore my fellow social workers, we have a great deal of work that lies ahead and much truth seeking to keep us all very busy for many years to come. Remember that whenever you think you have it all figured out, life will always come along to remind you that you do not. Never stop seeking knowledge and the truth – it is what empowers you and the people who you serve.

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. ”
Buddha

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4 Responses to “Final thoughts”

  1. Dana Anderson January 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Kate- I appreciate this post regarding truth. It is important astounding note to really investigate and fully acknowledge what we learn. In recognizing the truth, there may also be some additional supports needed. I think the notion of truth is very subjective at times especially as you noted thAt interpretations vary. I think seeking the truth is do important and unfortunate have found that people stop at when they believe they know the truth. My thoughts wonder: how do we know for sure when we have discovered the actual truth? Your post is very interesting and brings additional thought to an actually very complex and complicated topic. Thanks again Kate!

  2. Evangeline Lindstrom January 18, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    Kate, seeking the truth can be difficult at times and all too often many give up before getting to the bottom of things. Seeking truth and knowing truth can be very rewarding if you are willing to put in the effort! As a social worker I can imagine this is difficult at times be very important.

  3. Joy Mason January 18, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    It is so good to hear that this is your perspective- gathering as much information about something before jumping to conclusions. One thing that stood out in my mind when I met the greatest therapist ever, was when he said it wasn’t until he became a psychologist that he realized he had to continually look within himself as well. It sounds like you are on a terrific journey and will be a great blessing to a lot of people!

  4. crissy January 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Very well said…I agree 🙂

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