There is a notion afoot: truth is relative.
meanings lie in people, not in the external world nor in language, gestures, writing, or any of the other symbols we use to describe and discuss our perceptions of that world. (p. 191)
Why is this important? To know meaning is to know persons and a people. If we seek to have real relationships and communication, then we must seek to understand the meanings invested in things and the symbols used to communicate those things. To do so with grace requires that we place truth-evaluation after understanding.