Monday, June 4, 2012
Do we edify or divide? by Linda S. Glaz
We all come together with a common cause and then splinter apart at the first sign we don't all agree on every single tenet. At that point, I think we need to remember the original reason we joined forces in the first place.
Here are the basic points that were made in my reading: in the basic essentials, there must be unity, in the nonessentials, there should be liberty, and in all things, there should be charity (love for one another and one anothers' beliefs). We obviously all have to agree on the mission, but do we all need to dictate how each member will carry out that mission as long as it follows the basic tenets faithfully?
Obviously, the writer was discussing the church, but can't we carry that into our writing lives as well? There are aspects that lose favor from generation to generation, writer to writer, and there are folks always pushing the envelope to make a statement, but let's not lose sight of why we write. To reach readers with an idea, a story that has perked in our brains until we simply have to tell it. We want to reach people with an idea, a philosophy, a solution to problems.
Can we do this without dividing ourselves, without trying to look better by tearing down someone else? Can we honestly stick to our mission to get the job done and allow others the same mission, just the liberty or freedom to fulfill the mission in their own way? And can we love them while they pursue their goals?
Happy Monday, all!