THE CENTRAL CONCEPTS
EFFECTIVENESS, VALUE, AND TRUTH
True Value theory redefines and reimagines the concepts of both value and truth in terms of effectiveness. This enables these concepts to be dealt with in a logical and rational way. Throughout this website these will be the definitions in use.
The inverse of the TIME, ENERGY, and RESOURCES needed to complete a task
The more time , energy, and resources are needed to complete a given task, the lower the effectiveness. Decreasing time and resources to complete a task increases effectiveness. More effectiveness makes tasks EASIER. Less effectiveness makes tasks harder or impossible. Time, energy, and resources are all measurable quantities, so effectiveness is always measurable.
Example: A shovel increases your effectiveness by allowing you to dig a hole using less time and energy.
Ability to Increase Effectiveness
Ability to reduce the time, energy, and resources needed to complete a task.
Anything that increases effectiveness, or makes completing a task easier, has value. Something that makes completing a task easier is objectively helpful. Therefore something with value is something helpful.
Example: A car has value because it reduces the time and energy you use to get from one place to another.
Information with Value
Information with Ability to Increase Effectiveness.
Information with ability to reduce the time, energy, or resources needed to complete a task.
Truth can be thought of as information that makes completing a task easier, or as information that is measurably helpful.
Examples: “You should focus completely on what you are trying to accomplish.” "The store is three blocks to the left."
These three concepts and specific definitions are the backbone of true value theory. These specific definitions are very important, as they emphasize how closely linked the concepts of value, truth, and effectiveness really are. Here is a short description of how each concept is viewed through the lens of true value theory.
Effectiveness is hugely important, as it ultimately allows you to accomplish what you want in life. No matter what it is you want, you will need effectiveness to accomplish it. Therefore, anything that increases effectiveness is very important, and very valuable. Determining what it is you want, then what will help you be more effective in getting it is key.
What is truly valuable are those things that can increase your effectiveness, to help you get what you really want. Whether it be getting from one place to another, finding a significant other, or getting a promotion. What has true value to you depends on crucially on what your goals actually are. Without a well-defined set of goals, what is truly valuable will also be hard to define, as it changes depending on both person and circumstance. Anything can have true value, not just objects. Your own body, your emotions and how you manage them, information you have about the world, advice you choose to follow. Anything and everything that can increase your effectiveness can have true value.
Truth is incredibly valuable and important. This is true by definition; truth is defined as information with value. Truth can be thought of as the information that can help you get what you want in the world more effectively. Of course, you must act on this information in order for it to increase your effectiveness. Without truth, there is no way to effectively achieve what you want. The set of information that is most valuable can differ from person to person depending on individual goals and aspirations. Everyone has their own truth. This way of looking at truth comes from a personal perspective, and does agree with the notion of truth as a descriptor of external reality. This will be discussed in depth.
TRUE VALUE THEORY
This is a world full of dubious truths. Where even the most basic facts are called into question, and evidence holds less and less value. Where in both journalism and politics, the standards of rigor for information are falling rapidly. Where the values we hold as human beings are more often dictated to us by media outlets and corporate advertising rather than stemming from our true individual identities, or our own best interests. This is the world in which we live. Of course, underneath all this, underneath the noise, the commotion, the confusion, nothing has really changed. We are the same people, on the same planet, with the same problems. True value theory was developed from my personal quest to see through the noise, through the confusion of everyday life and find a way to express, in the simplest, clearest, and most straightforward way possible, what it is that really matters. What is the concrete substance underneath the noise?
AN INTRODUCTION by Alex Y