Write to create a better world

“Don’t write to escape your world, instead write to create a better one.”

Cliff Harrison

From http://www.wisewomantradition.com

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.


28 thoughts on “Write to create a better world

  1. bkpyett says:

    I love your positivity and your beautiful images, thank you! 🙂

  2. mythosophy says:

    I really enjoy your focus on creativity and the images you present. You offer a very uplifting viewpoint which will inspire many. Thanks.

  3. Mélanie says:

    I love, admire and respect Chomsky… he’s a genius! 🙂
    * * *
    🙂 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?”)

  4. The City Hippie says:

    Very much like and agree with this

  5. Gail says:

    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.

  6. I agree. We can share positive words and make a better world.

  7. satzie says:

    Love the video, pictures and insights. Good post 🙂

  8. yogastar99 says:

    Reblogged this on Delight The Soul~My Enlightened Life and commented:
    Great Article! Write To Create A Better World!!

  9. rantingsphere says:

    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?

  10. Melissa N. says:

    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.)

    Thank you!

  11. Melissa N. says:

    Alright. Thank you anyway. [:

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