The word ‘truthiness’ (or ‘Veritasness’) was coined in 2005 by Stephen Colbert, a U.S. comedian and TV host. He also coined ‘wikiality’.
The definition of ‘truthiness’ goes as follows: “the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like.”
“Truthiness is a quality characterizing a “truth” that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively “from the gut” or because it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.”
Is truthiness the ultimate expression of the individualistic ego-cult; ‘cogito ergo est.’?
Or is the lack of education, ‘Bildung’ of the current twentiers, thirtiers, fourtiers to blame?
Stephen Colbert also said this about ‘truthiness’:
“It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It’s certainty.”
To him and many others after him, including me, the term will always remind me of George W. Bush junior and his two presidencies.
But it also reminds me of the supermen of Silicon Valley, the billionaires who believe that being rich always makes them right. Or the entrepreneurs, like Tim Ferriss, who want to surf the waves of being clever, rich and/or important. In perception, that is.
I guess I’d better stop this foofaraw* now.
My gut feeling is telling me as much.
And that’s a fact.
*foofaraw: a great fuss about something insignificant