Blogs by A. Colin Wright
Writing and what I believe in life
5/29/2009 9:03:52 AM
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As many of you will know by now, a major concern in my writing is “meaning.” This, of course, does not necessarily come through in any individual piece of writing: rather, there may be little bits here, little bits there, but over the years I have obviously developed some kind of philosophy of life in what I write. The one work where this is expressed more than in any other is my still unpublished novel, Veronica’s Papers.
I hope indeed that this will be published one day, although it may not be for a while partly because a number of the characters in it, although fictionalized, are still based on real people who could be recognizable enough! At some stage I may write more about this novel.
It would of course be totally arrogant to say that I have found the meaning of life, and I can't make any such claim, particularly on behalf of others. At the same time, I think I have discovered a meaning for myself that makes sense to me, if perhaps no one else. Some years ago, in order to define this for myself and others close to me, I wrote down “What I believe”, about what is, of course, an essentially religious question. I had been brought up as a church-goer and for years went regularly until I found, after a great deal of reading and thought, that there were so many things in traditional church doctrine that I just didn’t believe. Thus in church I was always making mental reservations.
In sorting out my beliefs I wanted first to find for myself a solid intellectual basis—and there are many good reasons for not believing in anything beyond our present lives at all—while allowing for the real spiritual possibilities that are important for many of us. Thus I will shortly add "What I believe” to this site, but--since it is more than just a “blog”--as an article, in two or more parts.
This will, however, take a little while, since there are things in it I probably need to explain more clearly for an audience: things that I could take for granted when I was writing it only for myself. Remember when you read it that I'm not trying to convert anyone to anything: I hope simply that you find it interesting. It is, after all, an essential part of my writing.
A.Colin Wright's novel Sardinian Silver can be ordered from any bookstore, from www.amazon.com and other amazon sites, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.iUniverse.com.
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