Sunday, August 11, 2019

Learning from Fiction

"That's the thing about books: There are always more answers. It's never over, really."
 - Ines, from Lila Bowen's "Shadow" quadrilogy

I've long considered fiction to be overburdened with truth.

The problem with non-fiction is it often seems too busy telling you what the truth is to have the time to tell you why that's the truth. Fiction takes the time; it has to, otherwise the worlds it paint in your head don't feel quite so real.

I've learned more about lucid dreaming from fiction than I ever did from non-fiction.

Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda all have their ways to access the magic, and that's what they teach. But some things I've found my own way, and the rest I learned from the likes of Charles de Lint and Claude Lalumiere; they don't teach you how, they teach you why. Why it's important to look for the magic, because even if you don't find what you think you're looking for, you grow along the way.

And when you know the journey will be worth it, regardless of the destination, regardless if you reach what you think is the destination, regardless if the journey involves going out into the world firsthand or just sitting in a chair being open to finding truth in fiction... you're more likely to take it.

I've said before, but maybe not here, that spoilers don't do anything for me. I don't care who wins in the end. I care about the journey that brought them there. The only way to spoil that is to tell me the story, and then it isn't a spoiler; then it's going for the ride.