THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF WRITERS AND AUTHORS IN SOCIETY

I believe our global world is teetering on a precipice or an abyss. However  we wish to view our global situation, because there are too many dictators that have now gained power. The supposed purpose of our American Democratic Republic was, and hopefully will be again someday, for religious freedom and economic prosperity. Democracy, however, is losing.
      Therefore, in my opinion, writers can and should share their views. America’s policies are everyone’s business, because our lives, how we live our lives, are dependent upon on our written and verbal voices. Writers have a voice—an audience, a vibrant and often collective voice. Fiction, especially, is a vehicle to express societal needs and wants for a better life. Consider A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roots, and so many others. All of these written works represent writers speaking out about the horrors of tyranny placed on people of poverty, of color, of sex, and of faith.
     Furthermore, all of the above classic fictionalized literature, speaks to the appalling human conditions forced onto society by tyranny, greed, hate groups, ignorance, and loathe. The cruelty of mankind is a poison without a cure…unless humankind speaks loudly, writes loudly about injustice, poverty, bullying, hate, fear, racism, greed, and tyranny.
     For instance, religion is a set of beliefs based on faith, a policy of doctrine, and religion has changed lives, for better or worse, consider: The Malleus Maleficarum, The Salem Witch Trials, The Trail of Tears, The Holocaust, Roots, and so many other travesties and horrors, based on some tyranny or tyrannical religion precepts, basically humans being inhuman. I say this, because some forms of religion do not wholly, truly represent the founding of beliefs that a prophet gave to people of a certain time in history.
     All religions are faith and politically based beliefs—by speakers, writers, authors, and preachers. Our lives are based on faith. Faith is what we believe to be a given right: freedom to pray, to think, to express our beliefs, and nothing is more political than the faith of our choice. It is our right to believe in a higher power or not to believe, and we all believe differently.
     Our collective belief in a democratic republic is policy-based, and we came to believe in a democratic republic as written by authors, who expressed their views, their faith in the ability to tell us stories, stories that are based on democracy or tyranny. We, as writers and authors, are at another dangerous point in our humanity.
     We should and can choose to write short stories, novels, and commentaries that support our democratic republic; if not, we will fail miserably to defend our right to write stories. Without this right, we may see our written work burned in the fire of a tyrannical and often insane dictator.
As it is today, so many great written works are on the banned books list and are not allowed in libraries. Who knows? Your religion could be next or any and all religious doctrine based in faith, could be banned and our fiction writing banned as well.
     Whether tyranny is religious or theoretical, what we believe collectively becomes the law of the land. The voices of our written work: our novels, our commentaries, our short stories, our speeches, all are critically important to our way of life, our democracy.
Our lives depend on the written word that will reflect our collective voice for freedom of thought, of choice, of faith in our union as Americans. What we allow to endure, without our voices, will be our fall from grace.

24 thoughts on “THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF WRITERS AND AUTHORS IN SOCIETY

    • Thank you Roberta, it is my opinion that Americans must stand their ground for the rest of world when Tyrants, like Trump, do not care if the world is on Fire and our climate is quickly disintegrating and now, he wants a war with Iran, and he did commit an assassination in Iraq, in my opinion. I was a military brat and married to a Colonel in the Air Force. What Trump has done is to set the stage for war – World War III. He continues to destabilize everything. I have family in Australia and you would think he would help and be thinking about the loss of life there and all the loss of life in the nearly 15 or more years in a constant state of War in the Middle East. As the old saying goes: hold your friends close, but hold your enemies closer. Making friends whenever possible is key to good diplomacy. Of course, Trump, the 4 time user of fake deferments from the Vietnam War, thinks nothing of putting America’s young men and women, in harms way and those around the world too. If our past counterparts could write books and commentaries, fearlessly, then we should as well. Karen 🙂

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    • Ken, thank you so much, and you are a brave soul and you probably remember Vietnam as I do, as well as the last fruitless 15 years of battle in a non-declared, but justified war, considering the two towers and 3,000 dead Americans, but started with fake information by Cheney and his group.. But, this declaration by Trump is totally different. .We were not bombed a week ago, our soldiers at that time were relatively safe, but not now,they are targets by any group in the middle east. And, who knows what will happen now. Karen

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  1. I am reading your strong and knowledgeable post with great interest and sympathy. Anyone having
    studied some history will recognise the repeated pattern going on in an even stronger form.
    You have drawn so many examples from the past and I feel strongly with you.

    I talked to a bright 18 year old university student yesterday and we got into subjects like these. In spite of the fun they have they are deeply concerned about the world as it is and can hardly see the light. That is from positive
    young for whom optimism is a norm.

    Miriam

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    • Thank you so much! I think writers and authors can at least be as brave as our past counterparts. Also, I just started using Block style and I just found out that it doesn’t use indents. So please forgive for any errors. It kinda of freaked me out. Karen LOL

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    • Liz, sorry it has taken so long to reply to your comment and I agree absolutely about higher education has a significant role to play regarding how one thinks; knowledge creates what we think and how we think. Thanks so much for your great comment. Karen 🙂

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      • Thanks, Karen! I still cling to my belief in the power of education to transform lives and societies. And of course witnessing the creation and evolution of knowledge is endlessly fascinating!

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      • Liz, I feel exactly the same. I love learning. I am taking 10 courses on The Great Courses website and they are wonderful. Education does transforms lives and societies. Unfortunately, so many Americans have no idea what it is like to live in a country that is not a democratic republic. Most of our freedoms still exist, but for how long? What happens when schools and universities are allowed to only teach what our government allows. There are already so many great books that are banned in the USA. I can only that democracy wins. Karen 🙂

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      • Back in the eighties, when I took a graduate course on Foundations of Education, I wrote a paper on censorship in the public schools in the form of banned books. I was appalled by what I found in my research. I expect it’s even worse now. When it comes to literature, I will fight the machine!

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  2. You are 100% on target with this post and I applaud your putting it out there. I read a book for my Government class in high school and after 54 years all I can remember was it was a novel about a newly elected president that turned out to be mentally ill. Erratic and tyrannical, I think the author had a future glimpse of what we are dealing with now. I am not a writer with the skill with words that so many of you have. High School was the end of my formal education but I know a fledgling Hitler when I see one. Being raised in Germany in the aftermath of what he did taught me more than schools ever did. The fact that our collective consciousness thinks he’s a good idea, terrifies me and there is nowhere to hide or run towards. It’s bad everywhere. I do hope those of you who are well trained and excellent writers will find a way to open some minds to what they are missing here. My days are numbered but my children still have to cope with this mess and one of them thought it was a good idea. I laid it out plain for him but the ears and eyes are closed. My heart breaks. He’s living in an area of the country that also feels this way. Keep writing your wonderful words, Karen. Someone might actually see them with their heart.

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