Thursday, May 1, 2008

truth and lies and fact and fiction

This man knows what he's talking about:
"I simply stopped speaking of truths when my truths no longer sounded triumphant"
--from She by Saul Williams
Because the truth is never as triumphant as the fictional worlds we can create. Now this real world that we live in is growing farther and farther from triumphant, with every war, with every murder, with every company dumping their pollutants into our world, with every...thing. Every day it slowly kills us all.
Since reality is closer to hell than it is to heaven, I often escape to a fictional world where the only problems that exist are the ones that I choose to formulate. Greed and hate and everything they create only exist in the notebook, or computer screen, world that I have built and then hidden in. This is why I do not spend more time reading non-fiction, or the news for that matter. Although being familiar with the world around you and what is going on in this said world is important to know and stay up to date on, I try my best to do more escaping to, and existing in the worlds that myself--and others--have created.
Whenever I go to a news website, or change the channel on a T.V. set to a news station, I read and hear about almost nothing but people dying, women getting raped, and people who need jobs but cannot find them because of the practically non-existent job market.
On the other hand, in the fictional worlds I all too often (or is it not often enough?) escape to these things do not have to exist, and when I let them exist it is only in my head. This is why I read fiction. This is why I write stories and poetry. Because, in the fictional realm anything can happen, while at the same time it is not really happening in the realm that is real life. No one really gets killed. No one really gets raped. No one really needs to find a job in order to eat.
Call me selfish if you'd like. I care about real issues, more than most actually, but sometimes they're just too much to deal with. Sometimes real life is too overwhelmingly depressing and hopeless. And, when that is the case, I at least have an escape route. When I return I will be recharged and ready to do my small part to make real life better, for everyone.

peace and much love


Blogger Alex Reside said...

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May 30, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

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