You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world….If there is no moral question, there is no reason to write.” —James Baldwin (1979 interview in The New York Times )
I confess to not always living up to the aspirations of James Baldwin. Not everything I write has moral intentions. Sometimes I write to clear my head, sometimes I write to make a record of what I’m thinking or experiencing. But in the broad sweep of who I am as a person and the role of writing in my personhood, the moral intentions become clear. Like Baldwin, I hope to convey “joy, love, the passion to feel how our choices affect the world,” but maybe not in every sentence I write.
[Daily post 088 of 260 in my year-long challenge.] ♨