Keep this Philip Pullman quote for the next time you need someone to zoom out and see a bigger, non-black and white picture.
It’s a reminder any time you hear “it has to be this way” it probably only has to be that way to the person telling you so.
It’s a reminder truths are distinctly different from feelings and experiences.
It’s a reminder we all own our own versions of our own truths.
The quote gets bonus points for including tolerance in the shadow of truths. You can score bonus points for yourself if you apply the quote well in any dogmatic setting:
I’m for open-mindedness and tolerance. I’m against any form of fanaticism, fundamentalism or zealotry, and this certainty of ‘We have the truth.’ The truth is far too large and complex. Nobody has the truth.