Tuesday, December 2, 2014
THE GREATEST GIFT (HOLLY SCHINDLER)
I mean, I get it if you're seeing things you find offensive. Okay. Unfollow, turn them off, that's fine. But I worry that we're getting to a point where we only want to hear messages we agree with. I worry about not liking a book because the reader doesn't like the protagonist as a person or agree with all the choices that character makes. I worry that we only want to read books or see art or have friends who are just like us, who reflect the exact same values or ideas we have.
I don't want a world that looks like me. I want friends and books and art and music and movies to push me out of my comfort zone. I want what I think to be challenged. I want to be shown new ways of looking at the world. In many ways, I'm not the same Holly Schindler in 2014 that I was in 2000. Nor would I want to be. Nor would I want to still be the same me I am now in 2024. I'm not sure that you grow if you don't get pushed.
For my money, the prettiest tree on the planet is the Christmas tree--because it's full of so many different ornaments and lights and accessories. Every tree is a total hodgepodge, and no two trees are ever exactly the same. That's the way people should be--it's the way literature should be. Each writer is a product of a lifetime spent reading all sorts of different authors from different backgrounds in different genres. So should each person be a product of being exposed to a multitude of different walks of life, different opinions, different attitudes.
To me, being exposed to new visions and viewpoints, being forced to see the world from a different angle, is the greatest gift any creative person could ever receive...