Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fiction

The difference between fiction and nonfiction is our expectation.
The thing we expect is fact rather than truth.
We live in a world of facts.
We imagine a world of truths.
In a world of facts, things are what they are.
In a world of truths, everything means something bigger than itself.
A world of truths is a world of symbols and signs.
Language is also a world of symbols and signs.
Language is a doorway into the world of truths.
(There are other doorways: image, gesture...)
To believe fully in a world of truths would require an irrational leap of faith.
Religions require belief, an irrational leap of faith.
Religions are worlds of truths which people fully believe, trust, have faith.
If we fully believe, trust, have faith in a world of truth, it is our religion.
(It is religion to believe a world of fiction is real.)
Yet imagine life without fiction, without its guiding truths, vicarious wisdoms.
In the beginning was the word (logos: reason).
Symbols and signs are keys to reason: they unlock meanings, chest within chest.
Without "the word" (our symbols and signs) we have no reason.
To reason we need our world of truths, separate from our world of facts.
To reason we need fiction.
If we cannot reason without it, we cannot perceive the facts without it.
If we cannot reason without it, we cannot be human without it.
To reason is the central fact of human existence, our reality.
Our reality depends on the world of truths, symbols and signs.
Our reality depends on the world of fiction.
Without fiction, facts are meaningless.
Fiction is our God.
Believe in it.

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