Friday, November 20, 2009

Trusting and Suspicious Selves

I wonder if true selves have anything to do with true stories in both their telling and reading. Someone like Freud would have said there is no way of discerning between truth and fiction. For him, narrative is a move away from the real world - an assault on truth. Another way of saying this is that for Freud, all narrators are unreliable. The problematic, or at least so it seems to me, is one of trust and suspicion. At some point, we have to decide and keep deciding, who we trust and who we are suspicious of.

7 comments:

Micha said...

With fear and trembling - in shudder and horror ...
because the maybe will never leave us

Greg said...

Micha,
Thanks. Well, I guess that all depends on what your perception of 'maybe' is.

Micha said...

the maybe of having had the wrong criteria for your referent of trust

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Greg said...

Micha,
Seems to me this 'maybe' would be able to go beyond itself to 'persuaded.' To even talk about the possibility of wrong criteria for a referent of trust may push the 'maybe' further back in the dynamic of knowing, believing, and trusting.

renea mac said...

True selves and the telling of true stories reminds me of two things. One: one of my favorite books: Frederick Buechner's [Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale]. And two: this excerpt about art and beauty and the true: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article5901271.ece

Thanks, Greg.

Greg said...

Renea,
Thanks for the comment, reference, and link.