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Fiction is that which not a fact. But more so, it is the lie which tells a story. Stories are strange things. All kinds of elements evoke details of an entirely different world. The world from which poetry flows. The components of our environment that do not have any function seemingly are important only because they are a part of the untold story. How do we get to know this story if it is untold? There will not be always a narrator, sometimes we have to be the narrators.

But do we know how the pattern of the story’s to be woven? Do we have any guidelines for the spinning? No. There are no guidelines. When our technique is super tight, then we can invent. In fact that is the point when our fiction will be desirable. So it is not that function comes after fiction, or even at the same time. It comes before. Only after the rules are adhered to strictly can you make up your own rules. Now, there is nobody holding the rule book and keeping guard on us. And we can cheat if we want. We just won’t be allowed to cheat. Nobody will be very happy with us. But besides inspiring no one and attracting a very small audience, there will be no other punishment. We can very well be fictive if we do not mind being obscure.

Popularity demands a certain degree of mastery over function and then a certain degree of artfulness. In that order. So it is needless to say that very few possess any artist all and are dull and dry like penguins stuck on land. And those who well are oozing with rivers of artful narrative can’t do anything at all. So when a task must be done, the choice is between someone who can do a boring version of it and someone who can sing a song about why the task need not be done at all. Both are sub-optimal outcomes.

But there are tolerances in form. A system thought out in terms of function can tolerate a little bit of fiction without getting corrupted. What is everyday fiction? How can it be mixed-in to create a hybrid environment? Everyday fiction is metaphor, suggestion, inference, lie and fragment. These can speak well in an environment of mostly function. Function is non-fiction. It is fact. It really exists. And the fact that it exists in plain-sight is oppressive. It denies that which exists in only a hidden or encoded form. Fiction is suppressed by function because of the different degrees of their visibility.

This suppression can be prevented or reduced by noticing and accessing strands of fiction and giving them a space in narrative. Fiction is not the same as a baseless tale, it is not the same as an assertion without an argument, it is not the same as an argument without a foundation.

Fiction operates at layers far above the setting of foundation and the validation of arguments. Only that which meets the eye can be turned into fiction.

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