Saturday, March 03, 2007

High Priest

O have you something to say, say it to me please...
O have you something to say, say it before I leave
- Joe Cocker

The writer puts on the mantle and cloak and assumes the role of the High Priest speaking to the tribe. What the writer says - must be the most important thing they can hear. Otherwise they won't listen. Writing has this one function - to make the world a better place. Our purpose in life - is to make this planet a decent place for all the little children of the world. If we don't do that - with our lives, with our writing - we fail.

The writer must always bear that in mind. Must always be focused on that goal. This is our world, our land, our home. It is what we make it to be - make it better. Please make it better. Soon it will belong to our children. Make it better, make it the best it can be - we owe them.

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chapman said...
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Literary Monthly said...

Would you allow for every religious and political leader to be in that ‘dictatorial’ position? Telling all people what to think, what to do, how to live their lives. Been that way since Moses, and high time to make some changes.

Understand though - priests and presidents dictate. The writer’s power (like Orwell or Palast or Pamuk) is merely to suggest or inform or teach. The writer is not a dictator, he has no power to be one. But he must be much more than a juggler in Covent Garden.

chapman said...
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