Writing – conveying a message or an idea through letters and words.
But, why do it? Why bother?
Writing was present even in ancient civilisations, it is how we have learned about their empires, cultures and way of life.
For centuries, people have had the impulse to write. Philosophers wrote about their understanding of life. Religious people wrote about God. Poets wrote art. And scientists wrote about science and progress. They did this so people who came after them could grasp their ideas before they were lost. Perhaps lost forever. It’s kind of like taking a photo of something; you do it to preserve a memory. Something you can look back at nostalgically.
Times, however, have changed dramatically, the world has developed, rapidly. There are so many different forms of media that convey messages: photos, videos, etc. But it is important to remember that it all came about because of the knowledge that was passed down through writing. Modern communication mediums are all based on written programming languages. Without writing it, it simply doesn’t exist.
Throughout the ages, writing and literature has had a huge influence on how society has been shaped and how we live our lives today. We only have to study authors like Charles Dickens and George Orwell to discover how powerful writing can be. And the change it can bring about.
Written history gave us a resource to compare life now to life back then. A method of learning from mistakes and injustices. Some would argue that history has a tragic tenancy of repeating itself, and to an extent, I would have to agree. But how would we know this if history was never written?
So, considering the above, my answer to why write, is simply: Why not!
Words are far more powerful than a sword. When used for evil, words can destroy a civilisation. When used for good, they can change the world.
Write for good!
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
– George Orwell