Facts

When Wittgenstein said “the world is the totality of facts” he obviously hadn’t anticipated the “fictional turn”: the world is now the totality of feelings, fears, wishes, prejudices, allegations, insinuations, ideologies, inventions. I liked Bill Clinton’s simple contrast in his speech of last night: there is the “real Hillary” and there is the “made up Hillary”. I envisaged millions of people responding, “Say what now?” For many people “fact” is a four-letter word. Don’t bother me with facts I have my beliefs to consider!

4 responses to “Facts”

  1. Peter says:

    A fact is just one tool among others in the toolbox, and the goal for most is comfort, not truth.

  2. Alan says:

    …GW Bush too, apparently – here he appears to explain (particularly apropos at about 01:56):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOjfxEejS2Y

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