When it comes to writing, I don’t have a narrative S.P.O.F., a single point of failure. When I can’t write for myself, I write for my audience, and when I can’t write for my audience, I write for myself.
This strategy—the avoidance of narrative S.P.O.Fs—can be useful elsewhere. Consider the plight of someone whose sole interpretation of the world arrives via religion. When religion is stripped from them, they are naked, exposed, unable to process the reality they inhabit. But imagine that, in a contradictory manner, they are also able to interpret the world in scientific terms. Suddenly a loss of faith in religion is not catastrophic for they can lean into science. And if they become disillusioned with science? They can revert back to religion.
It’s an approach riddled with falsity, with confusion, with contradiction, but it works. Half-belief in multiple things is more robust than full belief in a single system. The former is devoid of a single point of failure. When one narrative fails, others can take the weight, hold you steady. The latter? When that goes down, there’s trouble.