There is an urge in us to search for the ‘real’, the single Cause, the Explanation.
But is it a ‘bad’ urge? To seek the ‘real’? The ‘true’? Etc. … even though the real world so often turns out to be marvelously more complex?
I think it can be in so many situations – just open the news.
But … there is also something beautiful in wanting to seek the real, the truth about a story or an event.
Perhaps that urge is not mine alone. To seek the ‘true’, the ‘real’, the ‘first cause’.
It definitely is not.
And yes, it can be perverted and warped, esp. among closed-minded fanatics of all sorts, with or without gods.
But in this case … it feels right.
Even if the truth turns out to be that the book of Robinson Crusoe shaped the story of Alex Selkirk and not the other way around.