Is this glass half full? Is this glass half empty? Is this glass a bicycle?
LADY ARIA GREY
[by Lady Aria Grey]
Hello. I’m Lady Aria Grey, and today I’m explaining subjectivity.
She pulls out a Dictionary.
“Subjectivity: The state or quality of being subjective.”
She throws it away.
Thanks, Dictionary. Subjectivity is what happens when people have different opinions about something. For example:
“Oh mah gawd Sharon, this magenta is a divine colour for your lounge.”
“No man Sharon, go with something subtle, like this neon lime green.”
What colour should Sharon choose for the lounge? It’s subjective. Only Sharon can decide.
“Jassis bru, it’s not looking good for the Boks hey. They must sub le Roux for Lambie if we want a shot at this game my oke.”
“Nooit bru, Mvovo is the only one who can save us now. He’s the oke my china.”
Who would be the best player to help the rugby men win their game? It’s subjective. Only the coach can decide.
“Beyoncé is one of the greatest artists of all time!”
“Bitch please, Katy Perry is–”
Lady Aria Grey laughs at the absurdity of it all.
I’m sorry. That was a bad example. But you get what I mean.
Subjectivity is when neither viewpoint can really be said to be true. Opinions are subjective – all opinions. And that is an objective fact.
Objectivity is the opposite of subjectivity. Objectivity is when something is indisputable. For example:
It just does.
It just does.
It says so. On the internet.
Those were examples of objective truths. Which brings me to my next point: truth. And this is where it gets tricky, because truth can also be subjective. For example:
I might think this cookie is delicious. I then state “This cookie is delicious”.
This is now a statement. I am presenting it to you as the truth. But there is a whole host of subjectivities encoded in my personal specific subjective history that dictates WHY I think this is the truth. Perhaps you wouldn’t. Perhaps you don’t have a sweet tooth. Perhaps you are allergic to chocolate. Perhaps you are a “banter”.
She rolls her eyes at the absurdity of it all.
But when I make this statement, you receive it as a truthful fact, because I stated it truthfully and factually. Because it is a true fact.
But it is only your truth if you believe it too.
(The cookie is a metaphor.)
“Wow, Lady Aria Grey,” I hear you say, “that’s amazing! I have the power to decide my own truth?”
Yes you do!
But with the power to decide your own truth comes the responsibility to decide your truth responsibly.
You see, if “your truth”, or “your opinion”, denies another human their basic human rights, then your opinion is objectively wrong.
She adds a tongue pop for emphasis.
So perhaps it is half full. Perhaps it is half empty. Perhaps it is a bicycle.
Perhaps… it’s a “grey Aria”.
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