Fiction and Belief

“One of Hamlet’s most famous lines in Shakespeare’s play addresses this three-way confrontation between skepticism, uncertainty, and belief: ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’  In fact, I believe there is much more.  I also believe that part of the fallen human condition is that this knowledge is strongly suppressed, and in turn the suppression itself is suppressed.  As a result of the conservation of truth principle, however, we enforce a double movement that overturns this very suppression: first, we make fiction, including movies, featuring supernatural elements; second, we often find these fictions terrifying, even though we believe they are fiction.  It has long been said that art imitates life even as life imitates art.  I would add to that.  We do not believe our not believing.  Our fiction imitates and undermines the fiction of our unbelief.”
– Grant Horner, Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer

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