January 16, 2013
Writing to change lives or just because?
One of my professors recently said to me, "When you write, be prepared to change lives." This is also the same professor that began my freshman year lectures, four lightening fast years ago with, "Your opinion doesn't matter, no one cares."
This professor expressed a deep concern for my generations lack of ability to see and comprehend the world around us, namely in visual terms.
We have learned how to succeed in testable terms causing us to forget to look with our own eyes. We are taught to the test, to the logical and verifiable ways of learning so that our teachers and schools reward from it. We have this need to achieve the reward
So, are we really able to see and understand what's around us?
I was then forced to think about these questions: How to quantify creative ability? How do you know if people are doing their absolute best or taking risks? How am I to balance being young and inexperienced with being confident in what I have to offer? Where will my generation fail? Where will we succeed? Why do I really feel the urge to write? It is because I can or because I need to express myself? Is the need to express ourselves so pertinent to my age group that we fail to be practical?
Does anyone have any A's to my Q's?