Is it better to live in false hope or in agony of truth?
This question reminds me back to an essay I wrote last year, discussing the statement ‘silence is bliss’ with direction towards Plato and his Forms and opinion on reality. The first and foremost idea is that everything we see around us is not real, it is the pale copy of the true Forms. When we are enlightened to the presence of Forms, we begin to see our world more philosophically and wonderfully – but we can never truly know a Form until we return to the Realm of Forms after our death. This, it could be argued, shows that we are living a lie.
I also find that this question leans on the idea of solipsism – the floating brains scenario. Consciousness without a body.
As writers, we live as floating brains for our day job; we extrapolate those thoughts of a world and its inhabitants into speaking, moving (maybe not so much living and breathing) creatures. In one thought, we can have the protagonist’s best friend die. In another, we make true the scenario of them stumbling across love in a supermarket.
Neither of these situations, amongst the many that don’t come to light, are real ex mensa and yet that rely solely on our minds and opinions. For us, they might as well be happening, one world over.
This is where we come back to solipsism. What if we ourselves are only composites of our brain and its thoughts? If so, in effect, we have total control over our lives, even without realising.
In this way, we must ‘keep faith’, so to speak, in our actions, because, in theory, any willing of a desirable event should make it happen – due to the only limit of our mind. This is what I interpret as blind or false hope; to expect to fail is a sure sign that it will happen, as the idea becomes a certain reality in the same way that our characters shall experience exactly what one dreams for them.
‘Truth’, be as it may in the title question, no longer becomes a conditional certainty (if one can excuse the oxymoron) of the future, but a mere ‘may be’ in the sights of the brains. For our characters, we cause the same: any idea of mischief is encouraged for tension. When events can only be certain, trouble grows, for its certainty is lingered on – in my solipsism.
Thus, it is advantageous for all to hope for the future, rather than to live in a dimmer reality that an event might not come to fruition or disaster is imminent. Negative thinking, like negative address, very well might cause the negative events to occur. So, we must keep a positive mind without doubt.