Thou Shalt Not Have A Personal Experience? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

bullying allegations leveled against the duchess of sussex, meghan markle, gave rise to a bizzare response.

her lawyer, in a bbc documentary, issued a technical denial of the bullying. the denial, however, included that “‘.. she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.”dailymail

what are “personal experiences?” are they the truth or someone else?

the mental health field has come up with the terminology of “personal experience” individuals can define goal by having “personal experience outcomes.” the individual self-evaluates. if one’s “personal experience” meets their goals, how is that goal viewed by others? can one be dishonest in assessing themselves? after all, they are self-interested.

according to one source, “personal experience” means that each person judges the quality of his or her own life. peonies under this construct, since each individual is their own judge. the actual truth, outside of the individual’s impression, does not matter. in light of the sussexes’ interest in mental health and wellness, this “personal experience” verbiage may quite describe the lawyer’s answer. thus, a one-sided perception can be justification for condemnation.

should society should value “personal experiences” over the truth?

the brett kavanaugh supreme court confirmation hearings are an example of this issue’s seriousness.

christine blasey ford’s testimony was troubling. some found her credible and weight was given to her emotionality. others looked at the factual testimony as not being credible. further, some questioned her bizarre affect. some professed that she appeared to have had a real “personal experience.” her “personal experience” alone, however, did not necessarily imply it was a truthful and actual depiction an event that involved mr. kavanaugh. only these two individuals actually know if something happened between the two. those hearing the testimony can only speculate.

in sum, will punishment or castigation be justified based upon an alleged victim’s impressions? will the facts matter? in the sussexes’ case, they have been free to throw out serious racism allegations against members of the royal family. these allegations have been hurtful to the family. in the end, if the allegations are untruthful, the fact that they gave rise to a personal experience is all what should matter.

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I am a practicing lawyer and long term admirer of the bible

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