It is always the writer’s duty to make the world better. – Samuel Johnson
Now is the most exciting time to be alive and the best time ever to be a writer. More than ever, we need the vision, guidance, understanding, and inspiration writers provide. Despite its flaws, the United States is the best hope for helping to create a future based on freedom and justice.
The human family shares a global village, an amazing, gorgeous, accidental, unique ecosystem for which humanity is responsible. The Web is the family’s town square, the smartphone a megaphone for family members to communicate. The smartphone’s potential for connection, communication, collaboration, creativity, and commerce is unimaginably vast. Tech empowers writers with more ways than ever to reach readers for free.
But the human family is being swept away in an accelerating, incomprehensible, uncontrollable, unpredictable whirlwind of technology, globalization, climate change, immigration, and the growing concentration of political and economic power. To this inseparable knot, crime, evil, and random craziness can be added. Government, business, non-profits, and religious institutions can’t bring about the changes people and the planet need.
The human family is Gaia’s guest, and if we can’t give individuals, organizations, and government enough power to be effective, but not enough to be corrupted; if we can’t make people and the planet more important than power and profit, life as we know it is over.
Darwin believed that it’s not the smartest or strongest species that survive, it’s the most adaptable. We are now trying to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable. Nobody knows where the moment of reckoning is, after which catastrophe is inevitable.
Change is often rising from the bottom up. This creates the greatest opportunity writers and other entrepreneurs have ever had. Writers will be an essential force in helping to bring about the changes we need with growing urgency. The right book will change the world. A book that changes the United States will change the world, because America is helping to lead the world into the future.
The world needs writers to inspire readers with the strengths that made America great: sacrifice; compassion; energy; creativity; innovation; ingenuity; flexibility; generosity; pragmatism; courage; a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit; and the willingness to collaborate and compromise.
Our actions have social, economic, political, spiritual, and environmental effects. Writers can help show us how to create bottom-up and top-down change, do-it-yourself reliance, small-scale living that replaces:
- Possessions with experience
- The artificial with the natural
- Consumption with simplicity
- Economic growth with personal growth
- The desire for more with the need for enough
Books are the most intimate, enduring, effective, authoritative, profound, and powerful form of communication. Books and writers have an essential role to play in helping the human family prepare for an unknowable future. Writing for all ages to stimulate awareness and dialogue, provide solutions, and to inspire change, is the greatest challenge writers could want.
Your ability and imagination to create and communicate are needed more than ever:
- Help us to balance our obligations to others and ourselves.
- Help us be inspired and motivated by our potential.
- Create a sense of the unity of the realities that whirl around us like planets around the sun: oneself as an individual, a member of a family, and a citizen of a community, state, country, and the Earth.
- Teach us compassion and responsibility for all living things.
- Provide us with timeless, enduring, universal works of literary art that uplift our spirits by giving us faith in others, our future, and ourselves.
Napoleon believed that “Humanity is only limited by its imagination.” In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wrote: “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” If we survive our follies, our future is unlimited. Can you help lead the human family into next stage of our evolution?
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