You may or may not have noticed that one of my greatest concerns at the moment is the state of literacy in the US. For some strange reason some of my blog readers are making the assumption that I’m publishing information about illiteracy because my book sales have been less than great. To this I ask: Is it really that hard for you to believe that I might actually care about something more than book sales? If so, perhaps I’ve failed as a writer and as a person.
Mind you, none of this is new to me. I’ve been second-guessed quite a bit in my life and strangely enough it usually comes from people who hardly know me. These folks seem to enjoy making up their own reasons why I do what I do, say what I say, or publish what I publish. This is not a complaint, it’s merely a statement of fact.
If the things I publish make you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed or even angry, please don’t blame me for these feelings. I am just a messenger and, am only human. If you disagree with me, please say so. I love a good discussion. And if you’d rather not hear my opinion, please choose another blog to read. But if you want to set yourself up as my psychologist or insinuate that you know what’s best for me without consulting me first, please take a look at yourself and ask why you feel you know me better than I know myself. I’ve been second-guessed to death and it’s a good thing cats like me have more than nine lives.
The epidemic of illiteracy in this country is far worse than our economy, the Gulf Oil Spill or the effects of Global warming. A “powerful” nation should be measured by it’s ability to understand the human condition, not by it’s ability to wage war. Where are the American Generals that should be arming our citizens with knowledge? What is power if power hasn’t the ability to read and understand the world around it? Real power should be that which informs itself with the wisdom of The Enlightenment Period, The Renaissance, or the American Revolution. Without that wisdom we are little more than the United States of the “Bottom-line.” What does it mean to be an American if our only measure of success is our profit margin?
Now go buy my book, because otherwise, I will have failed as an American.
For more information, please see: Illiteracy: An Incurable Disease or Education Malpractice?