“But for the purposes of our investigation, we would like to know what really happened?
So you want another story?
Uhh … perhaps in English? In Japanese a story would have an element of invention in it. We don’t want any invention?
Isn’t just looking upon this world already something of an invention?
The world isn’t the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn’t that make life a story?
You want words that reflect reality?
Words that do not contradict reality?
But tigers don’t contradict reality.
I know what you want. You want a story that won’t surprise you. That will confirm what you already know. That won’t make you see higher or further or differently. You want a flat story. An immobile story. You want dry, yeastless factuality.
You can’t prove which story is true and which is not. You must take my word for it.
In both stories the ship sinks, my entire family dies, and I suffer.
So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with the animals or the story without the animals?
The story with the animals.
Thank you. And so it goes with God.
We’ll be careful when we drive away. We don’t want to run into Richard Parker.
Don’t worry you won’t. He’s hiding somewhere you’ll never find him.”
Life of Pi – Yann Martel p. 352