“The truth frightens people because it isn’t stable. It shifts every day.” -Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things
This quote is only one of the many problems I have with this book. I found the cadence and writing in this novel to be beautiful. The descriptions are perfect and the plot and characters are interesting. However, the book has left me with an uneasy feeling in my stomach, which can be mostly attributed to this idea this quote portrays.
This quote outlines the book well because truth is nonexistent in it. The facts change, the realities change, and every feeling is misguided. Now, the arguement can be made that these qualities make up an excellent novel as the reader will always be surprised when the real story is revealed, but with this story the real story is more troubling than the disturbing one portrayed.
This quote, which describes the plot accurately, is false because truth does not change. It is perhaps the only constant in this world, which is what makes it the most valuable and sought attribute in a person. The idea that truth changes or shifts every day is a dangerous idea that leads us to believe false realities and mistrust the actual realities that exist before us. Yes, people lie and hide the truth, but that is a separate issue. A lie does not change the truth, it mearly disguises it and keeps you from discovering truth. This quote, however, allows for lies to become truth and truth to become lies, which, in reality, is impossible and dangerous.
This idea about truth is the cause for much of the misguided hate in our society, because we believe all our ideas to be true instead of forming our minds to find real truth. This is a dangerous practice and if we are to survive this strange time in our world, we must stop believing in our false personal truths and seek out the truth that actually exists.