Opinions expressed here are my own, not those of the church I serve or any other person.
A man sits on a high back chair at one end of a long table near a single bare light.
He is alone.
He holds a paring knife.
An apple sits before him on the surface of the table. The apple is fresh and cold. It is easily within his reach.
He cannot conceive of hunger.
He can conceive of literal truth. He does not know, or imagine, or idealize, whole truth. He must, he apprehends, know literal truth.
Literal truth is versatile. From literal truth, a man at a table can go on a line in any direction, and still rest on the line. He may touch any point on that line, as needed, and maintain the integrity of the line. He may companion himself with others along the line, as he has need.
Except he has no need.
The apple is easily within his reach. Yet, he holds only the knife.
Whole truth is not linear, so he rejects whole truth. Whole truth is free-floating, in orbit about a central core and may demand a wide-eyed look, rather than a narrow gaze.
He holds the knife. He looks at the apple.