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Horror/Scary: July 08, 2015 Issue [#7080]

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Truth Or Lie

I've been having this inner battle: Should I write Truth or fiction?

I don't know why this has come up, maybe it's because I'm getting older, or maybe it's because I want to be remembered for writing something really important? Nevertheless, how do you feel about it? I mean, as writers, we tell lies, make-up stories, stretch the truth, embellish, deceive, tell falsehoods, write fiction.

I started to do some research for maybe my next story. I discovered that knowing what Truth is (with a capital 'T') is not as easy as I had hoped. I mean, with the internet and the everyday news shows opinions, it is, well . . . befuddling. How do you know when you're being told the Truth? How am I supposed to write Truth if I cannot discern it from fiction (and or) opinion?

I realized then that writing Truth was gonna be a whole lot harder than I thought. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself as a liar.

Twain said it best, "Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so."

Even History seems to be in constant flux from one decade to the next. So I said, "Look, I know for sure that this certain event happened, but as to why it happened and how it happened, is totally someone's opinion, or is embellished upon until it fits their narrative."

Is Truth hidden on purpose?

Does anybody know?

Does anybody care?

I guess I'll just stick to writing what I make-up in my little pea-brain. It seems to be what everybody else is doing and calling it something else. The idioms 'Truth is stranger than fiction', or 'Truth will out', are only said by people who still have Hope. Mark Twain said it best, " Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it."

We are always hearing of people who are around seeking after the Truth. I have never seen a (permanent) specimen. I think he has never lived. But I have seen several entirely sincere people who thought they were (permanent) Seekers after the Truth. They sought diligently, persistently, carefully, cautiously, profoundly, with perfect honesty and nicely adjusted judgment- until they believed that without doubt or question they had found the Truth. That was the end of the search. The man spent the rest of his hunting up shingles wherewith to protect his Truth from the weather.
-Mark Twain

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John Nation
In reference to your article, "Old Sayings":
"You can't take it with you" made me write
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I like the way you think! What a great way to stir up writing prompts!

Bill, thank you for highlighting my story! I went to the website and looked up quotes on Tea, being a massive fan, and thought this one could help spin a few tales: Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence. It's by Samuel Johnson.

LJPC - the tortoise
Hi Bill! Thanks for the link to the "wise sayings" site. I'd never thought of getting inspiration from there or turning a saying on its head to modernize it. What a cool resource! Thanks! *Bigsmile*
~ Laura

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