“Don’t write to escape your world, instead write to create a better one.”
Some might consider writing and reading a waste of time. Is that really so? Or can we create a better world via reading, writing and blogging?
As Steven Pinker points out in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes, “Reading is a technology for perspective-taking. When someone else’s thoughts are in your head, you are observing the world from that person’s vantage point. Not only are you taking in sights and sounds that you could not experience firsthand, but you have stepped inside that person’s mind and are temporarily sharing his or her attitudes and reactions. As we shall see, “empathy” in the sense of adopting someone’s viewpoint is not the same as “empathy” in the sense of feeling compassion toward the person, but the first can lead to the second by a natural route…
Adopting other people’s vantage points can alter one’s convictions in other ways. Exposure to worlds that can be seen only through the eyes of a foreigner, an explorer, or a historian can turn an unquestioned norm (“That’s the way it’s done”) into an explicit observation (“That’s what our tribe happens to do now”). This self- consciousness is the first step toward asking whether the practice could be done in some other way…”
From Slush Pile Empathy
By spreading positive ideas via our blogs, we can combat harmful viruses of the mind and develop empathy and compassion. By exchanging our thoughts and experiences, we can learn from each other, identify personal biases, and improve individual and cultural practices.
As Noam Chomsky once said, “”There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education…, action… – and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future.”
Let’s use our creativity to make this world a better place for everyone.
I love your positivity and your beautiful images, thank you! 🙂
Thanks, Barbara. As my previous post was not very “positive”, I felt a need to ‘balance it’ up a bit 🙂
Have a wonderful week.
I loved the article! I have had that feeling… write positively so you are an element of change in someone’s life. Beautiful work keep it coming!
Very well said. Positivity like smiling is very “infectious” – let’s spread it as much as we can 🙂
I really enjoy your focus on creativity and the images you present. You offer a very uplifting viewpoint which will inspire many. Thanks.
Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. Glad that you enjoyed reading my posts. I hope others will find them inspiring too.
I love, admire and respect Chomsky… he’s a genius! 🙂
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🙂 bonus:“Write because you need to write. Write to settle the rage within you. Write with an internal purpose. Write about something or someone that means so much to you, that you don’t care what others think…”(Nick Miller – “Isn’t It Pretty To Think So?”)
Very good quote, Melanie. Write to settle the rage within you – very well said. I do feel much more settled since I started blogging. It does help a lot.
I do believe you, Miss O, so welcome to the club! 🙂 ❤
P.S. a bonus: 🙂
"We don’t find loneliness, we simply create it. Imagine being at the bottom of a hole, in almost total isolation and discovering that only writing will save you… Writing also means to shut up. To be quiet, to scream silently. Writing has never abandoned me… Don’t do anything else but just write!”(Marguerite Duras – Writing)
Very much like and agree with this
Sometimes I feel guilty about blogging because it seems so self-indulgent. It is intentionally not revenue-producing and possibly not even read. It’s just for me. Sometimes I wonder if that’s enough reason to write. Your post gives me a fresh perspective. I love the image of a woman wrapped in the warm embrace of words.
Glad that this post made you feel a bit better about blogging. 🙂
I saved the word-hugging image to my desktop last night. When I turned on my computer this morning, it reminded me how much I love words.
I agree. We can share positive words and make a better world.
Love the video, pictures and insights. Good post 🙂
Glad that you liked this post, Satzie. I enjoyed watching this video a lot too. Have a wonderful weekend.
🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, Otrazhenie. 🙂
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Great Article! Write To Create A Better World!!
I really enjoyed this post. It reminded me of a book I recently read by Susan Blackmore – the meme machine. She describes a similar issue of a virus of the mind, and obviously these can be positive, negative and all shades in between. I really recommend the book. If you do get to read it let me know what you think?
Thanks for your comment. I’ll definitely look up this book in my local library. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
I’d like to know the artist’s name (and maybe the picture’s ‘title’, if you have it) of the picture you used at the very top. I just love it!
(Also I couldn’t find it on the website listed below it.)
Hi Mellissa, I found this image on the Wise Woman Weblog at http://www.wisewomantradition.com/wisewomanweb/alternative-healing-techniques/ . That’s all I know about this image. I have not seen any references to the artist’s name or picture’s title on that site.
Alright. Thank you anyway. [:
Well said! ❤