Reality is a mosaic: Removing the confirmation bias from fiction writing

A sheltered child who grew up in privilege has no idea what a poor, homeless orphan surviving in the middle of a war. Someone who can win gold medals running has no idea how a disabled and bedridden person has to go through. There are blinders embedded in our perceptions. We think we are omniscient and know it all there is to know, but a single shift in circumstances shows us how hopelessly naive we are.

I worked as a journalist and I saw those shifts of illumination from people I interviewed: they lived in one reality, and then were thrust into a different one. It was a shock to their system because it wasn't just a new circumstance they were thrown into, but an whole new world.

People who are prone to lie and exaggerate often fool those who have never experienced that world, but when they try their game on those in the know, they are immediately exposed.


Simple: one reality cannot prepare you for other realities.

A poor person does not know the different confines and realities of a wealthy person. He has no material to study to see the subtle layers and nuances. He can fake rich to those who don't have wealth, but he will always seem off to those who do.

A person who falls into wealth is in a different position: he has to learn or else he will lose his windfall. He is an outsider to old money who have practice in the ways of largesse. The nouveau riche may impress those have-nots, but not the ones who know no other reality.

A person who knows no other way but upper crust is completely blind to what it means to struggle. He may try to guess, but he is blind to even the basics. He may set up charities, but the solutions will always be off by various degrees because he doesn't get it because his reality blocks the view of other realities.

This isn't to say people won't be helped: the problem is his solution is not based on the right perspective, but a facsimile of what he thinks the reality for the troubled segment of society happens to be.

Our reality creates the lens and filter through which we see the world. 

Different worlds all spin in a big one we call Earth. It is the Infinite inside the One, and it is this truth that Matriarchal storytellers must understand when they begin to construct their stories.

Earth is the Tower of Babel. We may all be constructed the same, but it is our surroundings and experiences that form our interpretations and theories of life. We are both a collective and an individual: truth and reality can be collective, and individual as well. Stories told in the Matriarchal style deal with this matrix by highlighting various realities.

This means there is a high value on what the Patriarchal would define as supporting characters. In the Matriarchal, different powerful characters interact with each other in various stories. Core stories showcase several protagonists who all have their own titles elsewhere. Each one has their own reality that the author fleshes out so that readers see how those different realities  affect the outcome for each character.

The freeing of the narrative has one enormous advanatge: it rids the author of the confirmation bias. We often look for evidence that confirms our theory, not the evidence that refutes it. In the Patriarchal, it is a given that the hero's narrative is the only correct one. If a supporting player fails and the hero succeeds, we can assume that the reason is that the hero did the right thing.

But suppose we show that the hero was just randomly lucky. Or we show the hero was in a position to be able to execute the workable solution, but others in another position could not. Suddenly, the nature of the story changes: the hero has a different reality than someone else in the tale.

We can take it further: both the hero and the supporting character do very different things, but find the right solution in different ways. They can realize what they have took for reality and truth was merely their interpretation of both, and expand their understanding by opening themselves to different realities.

What seems broken and limited in their theory is merely the edge of their reality: just as a mosaic is broken tiles held together by mortar; so is the world: the rich man sees that his view of reality is myopic, just as the poor man comes to the same realization. The difference is both men rest on different tiles in the mosaic.

If both men push their boundaries and pull back, they will see the same big picture, but their interpretations of it will be vastly different.

But differences are not always based in socioeconomic or demographic differences.

What is the meaning of life? It depends on who you are. The meaning of life for me is different than the meaning of life for you. Sometimes it is philosophical, other times, it is professional. 

A journalist has a different mandate than a doctor.

They both can save lives of expand our understanding of the world, but in two very different ways.

The Matriarchal explores the world where we can see things the same even as we see things differently.

We can have a character who is rooted in reality as she has her feet planted firmly on the ground, while another has her head in the clouds as she ponders the deepest truths of the universe, yet both can come together seamlessly.

They will find different clues in different ways. They will find different pieces of the puzzle, but when they come together, they will solve it together.

They understand the mosaic of reality. They know the world is the Tower of Babel where people speak gibberish, yet still make sense.

Even the Infinite can be a language where everyone can become fluent.

That realm is the Matriarchal. It is stories woven together. It is the celebration of different realities coming together for a common cause of progress and expanding our world by weaving infinite worlds together without anyone becoming lost in that shuffle.