Yesterday, after reading my blog post, my sister who is a published author of three nonfiction books on fashions and management asked me, “Why should everyone write politics and religion. You have to like it, fell it and know it enough to write it.”Point taken.
All of us need not start writing political and religious commentaries or criticism but I believe “if something in this world pinches you beyond tolerance you should without prejudice or fear write about it. Let it be anything.”
If you believe something is wrong we should correct it or at least try to. Do you agree?
Now, most of us get really agitated whenever we see the way the world is spiraling out of control. We writers are emotional people let them be writing anything, all artists are.
We argue in our homes, with our friends and colleagues but when it comes to penning it down we might just put it down in our diary and then shove it in the attic. Why?
My question is this: if your lover breaks your heart you will immediately pick up a pen, draw a heart and then write a love poem, right ?and then hope it gets published and reaches far and wide so you can share your pain with the world.
Then why when the world religions and politics break your heart everyday you cannot even pick up a pen?
Are you saying you don’t understand religion? Politics?
We live religion from the day we are born, from the day we are baptized ….the first words we learn after mama and dada is that of our Gods, our entire teens is spent arguing the existence of Gods, religion and politics, every time we make a mistake or do a wrong and guilt comes into our mouth like bile and burns out chest that is religion, every time we think our prayers are better than our neighbors that is religion…so I believe each one of us understands religion more than we give ourselves credit for. And politics? It is not just our vote that is politics. We breath it every single day even with us ignoring it…it dictates every single aspect of our life from the water bills we pay to the potholes we miss, from what we learn in schools to what we see on TV…..even the distant wars that we read on the net because of a local political fallout has implications across the globe …if nothing I am sure we understand the effect it has on the price of fuel we pay to commute between home and office!
Then why can’t we write about politics and religion? The two driving forces that dictate the destiny of mankind. Why can’t we at least sneak it in between the lines of our books? A line or two maybe.
Is it because it won’t sell? Even if an agent agrees, the publisher won’t, if we can go as far as the publisher then people don’t want to hear or read what they don’t like.
But then just because no one wants to hear the truth should we not say it.
So if we say it and no one hears it then it will be like talking to the walls? Right? Am I talking like an idiot?
No, not at all. Remember our school and college days? Our teachers used to talk to the walls all day long while we passed love notes or planned a movie outing or just slept and yet we learned…slowly but surely.
The world will learn too….maybe someday.
Now the question is why should writers write about it……there are statesmen yapping and so do all the NGO and God knows what kind of forsaken people and groups.
Why at all?
1.Because these two institutions, religion and politics, are the most oppressive of all institutions in the world.
2. They want complete mental slavery. No reasons, only faith.
3. They have the power to color what we eat to what we drink and how we talk or what we talk….every single aspect of our life.If science can everyday struggle to prove greats like Einstein and Newton wrong then why shouldn’t we at least try writing politics and religion.
We have a responsibility as a writer. You can call it a burden but something we have to bear with dignity if we wish for anyone to read our lines. For every word we write : it might become someone’s truth.
Haven’t you picked up a history book and thought of it as the truth and nothing but the truth. Truths about wars, plagues, disasters…..What if historians decided to play ‘the modern writers’ and decide to write what sells? Or did they?
Someone wrote that our ancestors were apes didn’t you believe them? Did you go to check out if the author got his facts right? What would happen if someone just wrote it irresponsibly? Then just because ‘the idea’ would sell great a group of smart guys sold the idea to us and we took it for a scientific fact? Do you really know if we have the same genetic makeup? How many of us even understand what a gene is made up of?The same responsibility applies not just to science but every aspect of writing.
Why writing? Why won’t just yapping satisfy?
Because : The first thing I learnt after eating and standing on my feet is A for Apple. My mother held a book with pictures and there was a big bold A and next to it the picture of an apple. What if someone taught me A is for Asshole? After my mother and father the one thing I always believed in was the written word. And as I grew up I believed in the written word more than I believed my parents!
Even today I believe in the written word the most. That’s how our society conditions us. That’s how our parents and schools condition us. That is why we need to write about it.
How many times do we correct our grammatical mistakes? How closer we look at spellings? And the dialogues? And all those comas and full stops…how many times do we read and read just so that our prose and poetry is perfect?
Why can’t we see just once , if what we write will change the world into a better place? A rational world? And not just a place where we could live like cattle.
This is all I want to say : let’s do justice to the world we live in.