Thank you for this opportunity to showcase what I feel most passionate about, and how these deep emotional ties impact my writing. I know I have published some hard stuff lately and thought perhaps it was time for you to know more about what motivates me. Yes, the previous piece that talked about my deepest emotions about my abusers was negative, but for the most part, I try to not be like that. I apologize if my raw emotions harmed anyone or their view of me.
It is my sincere hope that you will find my passions are a good match with those of your conscious.
In the following piece, I have asked some hard questions of myself and attempted to answer them as honestly and openly as possible.
Now for the piece, my statement of purpose.
An enemy that is not acknowledged or is ignored is an enemy that can easily conquer humanity. However, an enemy thrust into the light can be defeated. That is why the issue of childhood trauma is one of my passions. My goal is to help enlighten others of the danger to children, and our society, of child predation. Having lived through childhood trauma myself, I feel it is important to work to end the silence surrounding childhood trauma and to bring child predation out into the open where it can be seen. My hope is to ultimately defeat childhood trauma of all kinds, for all time.
This is an emotion-packed subject, and there are many who deny that men and women prey on children. For too long, society has blamed the victims of these crimes, when they were innocents who could not escape the trauma filled life they were dealt. In bringing it into the light, through thoughtful and passion-filled writing, a dialog can be opened, and treatments found to end this horrible blight on the world.
Another writing passion I wish to convey to you is how I feel about the current political crisis in our nation. I have not addressed this topic in my blog because that is not its purpose. However, I do write on other platforms about the extremely negative environment our nation is facing due to the people we have elected into office. I’m not pointing fingers at any one politician. What I am trying to address is the gullibility of the citizens of the United States and the world. It is my opinion that our chosen ignorance is due to people, not fact-checking what politicians saying for ourselves. Not knowing the topics at hand, and just voting from the passions that have been aroused within us by propaganda, has set up humanity throughout history for a soup of hatred, bigotry, and lies.
I advocate for the adults of the world to start behaving like grown-ups, and not like two-year-old children. There is no room in the future of the world for misogyny, and sexual misconduct if we are to survive. I am concerned that the hatred that has been and continues to be stirred will spill over, and any freedoms we enjoy will be subjugated. Weapons of mass destruction are not needed, those who would harm humanity for their own gain will use our own divisiveness to destroy us.
Why Should I be the One to Pursue These Stories?
In answer to the question, my answer is simple and two-fold.
First, I have lived experience. I was traumatized from birth until adulthood by both male and female members of my family. I have done a great deal of healing, and am daily reaching out to others to give them the message that life after childhood trauma is possible. Also, I am a citizen of the world and have watched in alarm as society has begun to disintegrate from within.
Secondly, I am not one to write in the negative. Too often, readers are bombarded with stories and essays speaking of the woes of society without offering any hope. My writing does not only reflect the realities of the problems humanity faces but offers some possible solutions. I try to always end my articles on a positive note. If problems such as childhood trauma, and the disintegration of society are to be solved, then writing about these issues must not be shoved down the throats of the citizens of the world, but rather they should be written about with compassion and offer hope.
The stakes of these stories being told are extremely high. Not only can we help those who have been victims of trauma, but our world can begin to heal from the long-lasting effects it has on not only its victims but on society. It is a blight that is rotting our world from within, leaving millions of victims in its wake who cannot contribute to society. This inability to contribute is caused by the horrendous scars they have received.
As to the political upheaval the United States faces today, we risk losing our national identity to long-buried hatreds that have surfaced with violence recently. Without unity, a nation falls. The object of other countries newly waged war on America is to utilize our own biases to divide and conquer. The world cannot afford to allow such a weapon to be wielded, and the reason is very clear. Where will it end? If people of the world cannot make choices based on true facts, but allow themselves to be influenced by lies spread over the internet or other media outlets, then we lay wide open to be taken over by someone like Adolf Hitler or worse.
My Inspiration Comes From Those Who Understood Adversity
I wish to relate to you is a speech which is widely available to read on the Internet. It was given on June 10, 1963, by President John F. Kennedy. The title given to the speech is the “Speech on Freedom”, which he gave before the graduating class at the American University in Washington, DC. This speech is so fundamental to the shaping of my own ideology, that it has become a cornerstone of all my thoughts on world peace. In his speech, President Kennedy talks about the futility of the weapons build-up, and how the tremendous amount of money being spent to build them could be better used to end poverty and bring to end disease. He also speaks of the world’s need for each person to reexamine his or her thoughts, and to stop the aggression towards one another. While saying these things, he is realistic, stating that he understands that complete trust and equality among humans may not be possible, but that we can learn to at least tolerate one another with respect and dignity.
In the center of this wonderful work, President Kennedy makes perhaps, one of the most powerful and often quoted statements of all time.
“For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
I have read this speech several times, weighing my own ideology, and my own biases towards other human beings. It has been central to my decision to not hate others, even when I wholeheartedly disagree with them. I have adopted the attitude and belief that whenever possible, I will agree to disagree. At the same time, I will not stand idly by when I see a grave injustice but will speak out in any way I can, trying to always err on the side of recognizing human rights.
The second work I wish to offer for your consideration isn’t a book or an essay. In fact, it may be one of the most unusual works you will ever have submitted to you. The piece I am referring to is small speech given on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I realize this is a fictitious program, but there is one statement made by the character Captain Jean Luc Piccard, played by Sir Patrick Stewart, that stands out in my mind.
When I first saw episode 26 of season 1, I was in the middle of recovering from severe childhood trauma through psychotherapy. I was struggling to find myself, unable to see myself in a future free of pain.
Toward the end of this episode, Captain Piccard is speaking to Mr. Offenhouse, a man who was one of three people who were frozen four hundred years earlier due to their diseases and brought back to life again on board the Enterprise. Mr. Offenhouse asked a question asking of Captain Piccard.
Captain Jean Luc Piccard’s response helped change my life.
Mr. Offenhouse, who has awakened in another century feels confused and defeated. He has realized that his fortune and all his material goods are long gone. He asks the following question of Captain Piccard:
Mr. Offenhouse: “What’s the challenge?”
Meaning what’s the challenge and purpose to remain alive?
Captain Piccard answered: “The challenge Mr. Offenhouse, is to improve yourself, to enrich yourself. Enjoy it.”
To a casual listener, these words spoken between two fictitious characters, may not mean much. However, to me, when I was struggling to find my life which had been spent up to that point responding rather than acting, they brought an epiphany. After pondering Piccard’s words, I became inquisitive as to how I could improve and enrich myself. I began reading more and exploring every subject. Eventually, I returned to college. I was on the road to my future at last.
One of my childhood heroes was Helen Keller. Still to this day I honor her life. Her wisdom, triumphs over adversity, and wit have had an enormous impact on my psyche. Here is a woman who became blind and deaf very early in her life, yet with the help of Anne Sullivan, proved to the world that we should never, ever write off any human being. I’ve read her amazing essay, “Optimism”, written in 1903, and sat in awe. Her words drip with wisdom, and her positive outlook about life is contagious.
Her works have given me a thought that has plagued me for decades.
What if Helen Keller’s parents had given up, and listened to the words of their family physician and friends. Miss Keller would have been sent away to an asylum and her brilliance lost to humanity forever. How many others in our society have we given up on, and isolated away from ourselves? How much wisdom and inventiveness have we wasted because they did not present us with what society agrees is ideal?
I have learned courage in the face of adversity from Helen Keller. Her unflinching writing about society’s ills, no matter how unpopular her opinions may have been perceived at the time, have inspired me to write truthfully and fearlessly.
The last work I wish to offer, that I have found great inspiration, is the book “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck.
One may ask themselves, how could a book about a family trying to survive in China have any influence over a person’s life. Allow me to explain.
Pearl S. Buck doesn’t just tell a story, she allows her readers to live in the shoes of her characters. Also, the book is honest in its telling of the horrendous hardships of the peasants in China before the revolution. She spares no details hoping to tell a happy story, rather she is truthful. The result was a heart-wrenching novel that won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.
The honesty of Pearl S. Buck’s writing and the way it hits a person hard in the gut are big influences on my own writing. I strive to be honest, even in the face of being ridiculed. I also spend time reworking my writing to have the greatest impact I can on the human heart. My purpose isn’t to cause a person to weep, but rather to make others think hard about their opinions and decisions.
On the question about what would help me move forward in my career, I have a laundry list. However, I will confine my comments to just a few of these things.
I need someone to honestly review my writing, and tell me what improvements I need to make. I do not wish to play at writing but to make it a career that will make an impact in the world. I wish to leave a legacy. I am very aware that my writing needs improvement and am very open to criticism that will help me achieve my goals.
I Desperately Want to Leave a Legacy
My need to leave a legacy is driven by the knowledge that my life has many fewer years ahead than behind. I don’t want to be buried with a tombstone and forgotten for hundreds if not thousands of years. I don’t want to be anonymous after I die. I want people to remember my name and celebrate my life after I’m gone.
Another need I have identified goes to the roots of my passion for writing. Ever since I was very young, I have dreamed of writing for a living. I need someone to take an interest in my efforts and to publish my work. This isn’t simply a money-making scheme to me, it is a dream, a goal, and a passion.
Most importantly, I need guidance in the publishing maze. There are so many people trying to get published, that I feel I get lost in the crowd. I need an organization to promote my work and point me stand out among the many.
On what aspects of cultural reporting, I am interested in writing about? All of it. I am a voracious learner, and I am willing to pick up any hints and lessons that I can from qualified professionals. As I have stated, writing is a great infatuation of mine, a craft I have been molding for over five decades. Learning how to use my talents to improve the world, to better reach the hearts of humanity, is a life-long dream.
My Long-Term Career Ambitions
The answer to the question about my long-term career ambitions, I have written the following.
My long-term career goals are not confined to publishing more books and articles. I wish to help change the world for the better. I know this sounds corny, but I’m being truthful. It is my belief that if I can change one person’s life for the better than I have done an epic deed.
I do not intend to retire from my work. I do not believe my fire for expressing to others the realities of life, and how to live despite them, will ever flicker out.
I wish to thank you for this opportunity to write to you about the passion of my life, writing. I believe in all of you and support you all the way! Shirley