Tuesday, 18 December 2007
My ideas may be misconstrued as Truth, and that's fine - that's what life is all about, finding what you believe to be Truth. No one can tell you what to believe, you have to believe it for yourself, but that doesn't make me right. That's the point I tried to get across, the point that I think is so important to make; a necessity, even.
I'm just a writer, nothing more, but nothing less. I don't view myself among the greater writers of my time; I don't view myself at all. I leave that up to all of you, and maybe that's my cosmic flaw, but I figure you're a better judge of me than I am of myself. "Trust your enemies, they know your flaws." While you may not be my enemies, you are my readers, my critics and my admirers, the ones who see my words as words and my statements as statements. Sometimes you agree, sometimes you disagree, but you always come back for more.
I am the same way. We're all that way. We love our favorite writers and admire them, or hate them when they put their art to shame, [which is still the Art of Manipulation] but we always come back for more. No one person in this life has the Truth. No one person that walks down our city streets or country roads has the answers, but we'd love it if they did. So when we find someone we adore, someone who seems to have the words we could never speak, we attach ourselves.
This is me personalizing that understanding. I adore Stephen King and the way in which he writes. He does it so fluidly, so simply, yet also so complex that I can't help but fall in love. Granted, there are other great writers out there, I don't deny that, but he is by far my favorite. [we all have favorites, don't judge me too harshly.] I accept the ideas in his stories and novels as Truth, because it is what I accept, and what he manipulates me to believe. He wants me to think a certain way, so do politicians, but writers are still kinder about the game of Manipulation as opposed to politicians.
Do I want you to agree with me? Of course I do! Do I expect it? Of course not! You will believe what you believe, and I will believe what I believe, and I have no problem with that. Diversity is what makes our world today. You have your beliefs and I have mine, I attempt to understand yours so attempt to understand mine.
There's a theory out there called the Reader Response Theory, and it states that the reader creates the meaning, and while that is somewhat true we cannot ignore the other side of the equation. Because that's all life is, equations. Something plus something else always equals something more. Writers will be writers and politicians will be politicians, no matter what we're still trying to persuade you to think like us. Readers, be wary, we'll use any technique we can to get you hooked. You are the money carriers and praise offerers after all, and we need what you have.
The Dead End Poet