You have a point. There really isn't a standard of Truth, at least one that doesn't get holes punched in it regularly, which kind of mitigates it. (For example, empiricism has mushroom-shaped holes.) That lack of a standard is a huge part of why so many people still believe in something they can't prove. Belief & practice isn't *necessarily* logical, even for some of the most logical minds. Logical arguments, as much as we love and believe in them, often end up looking like a round frame on a square mirror. It's creative, to be sure. You're right where all the fun is, and very astutely so. I really appreciate your drawing this out. Calling people out on what they weren't thinking about is how we all get smarter.
I think what Krista might be talking about when she says "true meaning" here is that which was originally intended by the writer(s) of the story, regardless of who the writers are (or who you think they might be). In this case, I'm fairly convinced even the corpus of writers and editors intended to draw out our better selves, rather than our credit cards.*
"The True Meaning of Christmas" in my experience is a cliché, which means, somehow, most of us who talk about Christmas have an internal definition for it. The intent of the article is to contribute to our personal definitions.
I personally find stories that contain at least a little embellishment & perspective at least as meaningful as historically correct time tables.
*Well, maybe not ALL of them, but they sure didn't mean to say, "Go shopping!" (attr. GWB.)
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