“Truth by definition is exclusive and cannot be inclusive- it destroys the very idea of truth and meaning. “
My thoughts as well. Eliminate the what if’s. What if’s are philosophical pondering, or creative theorizing in my belief. It in no way identifies “the truth” as it is stated in the writing. Take it for what it is, and don’t over analyze it to death. It says what it means. But to also understand the way the writer, writes, from looking at their other works, helps understand the inflection and tone of their speech. I also found that truly understanding the culture at that time it is written , helped me to understand not only the way the writer would intend it, but how he would write it to the culture of the audience, that he intended it for.
Make sense? I hope I communicated that well.