Which story do you prefer?


(Pi Patel)”In both stories, the ship sinks, my entire family dies, and I suffer.”
“Yes, that’s true.”
“So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and your can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?”
Mr Okamoto: “That’s an interesting question …”
Mr Chiba:”The story with animals.”
Mr Okamoto: “Yes. The story with animals is the better story.”
Pi Patel: “Thank you. And so it goes with God.”

(The Life of Pi, Yann Martel, p 424)
Paul’s note: The story with animals is the ‘beautiful’ version, in which Pi conquers his fear of the Bengal tiger that threatens his life, and insists on treating the tiger with benevolence. In the other version, the ugly version, Pi unleashes his savage instinct, and kills and eats the heart of the cook who has killed his mother.


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