I remember the first time I saw the term non-fiction – I thought “its strange to call something true a non thing.”
Well as they say, “truth is stranger then fiction.”
So today we shall explore a fundamental theme in Chassidus (Jewish mysticism called Daas Elyon and Daas Tachtoin, ruffly translated as the difference between truth and fiction.
Truth is that all that is real is God – anything that exists in its own perception, well exists only in its own perception; which is not to say that what we perceive to exist, isn’t true, rather, our perception of it isn’t, for it is only God.
Fiction is the world we are born into, everything we sense to be real, what see, what hear, what smell, all of those things are simply fictions.
Like a person who is in a video game, all of the reality he interacts with, very real reality to him (as Einstein says, “reality is a perception, albeit a very persistent one”) is a fiction – it isn’t real, it is only his perception based on his senses.
This is why we have brains – an animal will never know the truth, for it cannot think independent of its sensations – what it senses is its reality and it is locked in by it.
On the other hand, both science and Kabbalah teach us that everything we see not only is a singular energy coming from God it also appears and disappears so quickly (that we don’t sense it, hence don’t sense its reality) that it simply cannot be considered to independently exist (for anything that disappears, its reappearance is a miracle!)