Doug G. Posted August 20, 2016 Report Share Posted August 20, 2016 A bit of fiction: I once knew a man who used silence as a weapon. He would make powerful assertions which had little or no basis in fact and he made them in a way that, in his mind at least, did not give away his actual lack of experience or knowledge. When someone asked a question about his worldly understandings, or challenged his beliefs with reason and experience, he would not respond. He would simply remain silent, neither moved nor moving, until a new opportunity came along for him to express his brash, unreasoned assertions. This method served him well though It did not gain him many friends, nor did it advance his understanding of the world. Those things were not of import to him, he was satisfied with feeling that his opinions were important -- after all he had expressed them forcefully and with an air of certainty. Now I ask you dear readers, what is the line between fiction and truth? Can a work of fiction contain profound truth? Are fiction and truth opposites, or do they affirm one another? How do we know what is truth, what is fiction, and what is false? Is it not true that some of the greatest and most damaging lies in history have been fiction and some of the greatest and most uplifting, insightful and powerful truths have also been fiction? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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