Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

August 4, 2009 at 6:08 am 3 comments

There’s a little bookshop in Ucluelet that sells the most amazing coffee, as well as an assortment of various First Nations based books, trinkets, various used novels and other interesting reads.  While I considered buying “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, I settled on “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures” by Vincent Lam.  It’s actually the first Giller Prize winning book I’ve ever read (and in all truthfulness… heh… the first literary prize winning book I’ve ever read).

In the first chapter, Lam makes an interesting observation about truth – as the two characters discuss their feelings for each other, that the “reality (of their love) was spoken directly to discount itself,” suggesting that by being direct, open and honest about their feelings, this open acknowledgement of the truth somehow diminished it’s reality.

This raised an interesting question for me – by openly and bluntly stating a truth, can we diminish the reality of that truth?


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  • 1. janetparadisrru  |  August 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Very deep question. I think by bluntly stating a truth, we may actually reinforce it. Then again, maybe upon examining a truth we have explained, we might alter our vision of the truth.
    If others also state THEIR version of the truth about the same topic, the ‘reality’ of your truth might be affected or changed.

  • 2. marg66  |  August 4, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Hey Robb
    Does being open and honest about the truth diminish the reality of that truth….I am struggling to understand what that means. Is it just some poetic thing? I wonder if the context has something to do with it – well actually for me context is everything. In the case of love – does declaring love for another person – diminish the intensity of the emotion or other feelings – like the chase, the curiosity and unknown, the flirtation, etc. (Geez I am a bit of a romantic at heart is seems 🙂

    If on the other hand the “truth” is how to fix something or how many bricks in a building – stating that truth does not diminish it…right?


    • 3. robbstevenson  |  August 5, 2009 at 5:58 am

      I agree – there is some context needed here; the scenario is: two young adults are discussing their future (both aspiring med students), while both are obviously in-love (or at least infatuated) with each other, social constraints such as race prevent them from being together – thus they simply don’t discuss their being in love, or blatantly discuss it – either way, the result is a diminished reality of the truth. At least, the way I perceive it… and you’re right, maybe stating the truth about a concrete item doesn’t diminish it (there are three bricks) – unless your perception of the truth is different from my perception of the truth?! *sigh*… time for bed. 🙂

      Maybe it’s the reverse – maybe simply acknowledging a reality doesn’t necessarily make it a truth, unless all those acknowledging the reality are willing to accept the implied truth as being true?! (Definitely time for bed!)


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