Fact or fiction?
When we search for truth, the line between fiction and reality seems to grow thinner all the time. One who spends great time trying to sort between the two is guaranteed more headaches and uncertainty than clarity.
Love is fiction. Meaning is fiction. Words are fictions. Everything thrown into doubt.
And have you noticed doubt always comes in endless supply? Just when something concrete is found, doubt destroys it with all but the effort it takes to say “but suppose it was not.”
As long as you search for truth using doubt, you are assured to never find it. You’re searching with your eyes closed.
Fiction cannot make sense of fiction.
As long as you divide the world into fact and fiction you will fail to grasp anything real. You’re still searching for ideas, rather than seeing reality.
Forget fiction and forget truth. It’s all fiction; it’s all true. If it’s fiction, why does it exist? If it’s true, how can it be doubted?
No then, reality cannot be fact or fiction since there is no such thing as the two.
What is. What is. What is.
Fiction is and is not. Truth is and is not. You must find which part is and which is not. That part which is defines itself is. That part which is not defines something else. Everything is self-evident.
An example: we say “word is fiction.” What we do then, is study what a word is and what a word does.
Words work like boxes. A label, a symbol for the spoken word, becomes the container in which we place what we call the meaning. To have access to this meaning is an ability of our complex brain. A mix and match.
A word's meaning is complex in this particular sense: it is not observed directly by the senses. Sight, sound, emotion, and every direct sense are bundled into a group and “meaning” is merely the label of the group. There is no way to objectively perceive meaning. It is not in the world. Laughter, beach balls, warmth, water, reflections of the sun off water -- all indicate a day at the beach. But the meaning of the word "beach" cannot be sensed directly. It is a group of sensations, tied by relevance.
This is what is an idea.
It is what it is.
See now that fact and fiction has in no way helped us. To study what something is, find its base in sense, not in other ideas like fiction and fact.
You cannot know an idea by an idea. Only by sense.
Just as the eye cannot see itself, so I tell you, you cannot learn what is fiction with fiction, nor what is true with truth.
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