Even if life is a story, we ave two basic choices: we can limit ourselves only to what we can know for sure- that is, to " dry, yeastless factuality "- or we can choose " the better story. " I suppose in Pi 's world the " better story " includes God, but he does n't kno this is the only meaningful possibility.
In fact, Pi calls atheists his " brothers and sisters of a different faith, " because, like Pi, atheists " go as far as the legs of reason will carry them- and then they leap. " Pi 's point, in my opinion, is that human experience always involves interpretation, that our knowledge is necessarily limited, that both religious belief and atheism require a leap of faith of one sor or another- after all, there 's so little we can know for sure.
Or, as Pi says in taking th shot at agnosticism: " To choose doubt as a hilosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. " In the beginnin, thoug, I did n't eve read this nove as an invitation to believe in God. nstead, I saw it as a mirror held up to the reader, a test to see what kind of worldview the reader holds.
hat is, as Pi himself says, since " it makes no factual difference to you and you ca n't rove the question either way, which story do you prefer?
God is hard to elieve, ask any believer. " So it 's always that a life of faith is easier, in Pi 's opinion, it 's that for him belief is ultimately more rewardin.
However, there are a number of clues throughout the nove that give the reader at least some reason to believe Pi 's story did have a tiger in it ( for exampl, the floating banana and the meerkat bones) .As such, Pi 's two stories could be een as an acknowledgement that both atheism and belief in God require some faith, and therefore it 's up to each of us to choose the way of life that makes us the happiest.
And that 's what makes Life of Pi such a challenge to the reader: Pi 's first story is fantastic, wonderful, but hard to understan.
Yet it 's not entirely plausible either, and it leaves no room for the meerkat bones or Pi 's " trusting sense of presence and ultimate purpose. " If the reader personally dismisses the tiger story out of hand, I suppose that 's th way of saying the reader, by nature, tends to elieve the more likely but less lovely story.