Is there really no absolute truth in stories?
There can obviously be truth in stories in a conventional sense. They can be more or less aligned with our own experience or “consensus reality”.
And there is the appearance of absolute truth in a story when we take it as absolutely real. When we tell ourselves it is true, our minds will make it appear true. It feels true. Our stories tells us it is true. We filter information so it appear true. We interpret so it appears true. We find others who take it as true. And we act as if it is true.
Apart from that, I am not sure. Stories are very helpful in a practical sense, but there is always validity in their reversals and also other stories on the same topic. No one story is absolutely true. And they are all about the play of appearances, existence appearing to itself in different ways. They can point to what is really going on – the play of awake no-thing appearing to itself – but do not touch it.
Since I tend to write that there is no absolute truth in stories, it is good to try to find the validity in the reversal of that story. And there is some validity to its reversal. There is truth in stories in a conventional sense. And there is the appearance of absolute truth in a story when we tell ourselves it is absolutely true. And there are most likely other ways the reversal – there is absolute truth in stories – is valid as well.
As with any other story, it is a truth with modifications.
Note: Here is another way there is truth in the reversal. Sometimes, it may be skillful and kind to pretend a story has absolute truth in it, especially when it comes to ethics and the audience does not have a strong ethical foundation in their life.
- no absolute truth?
- no absolute truth in any stories, yes
- and also, absolute truth in stories – in what sense