You seem to have such a disdain for politics and social issues such as diversity and progressive views… Yet your writing in both Divinity and Magnifica is indicative of a progressive mind. It’s really kind of confusing to compare your books to your blog. What’s more, you keep your political affiliations quiet. Can I ask, why do you do this? What are your political views and don’t you think that it would help your readers put your writing into context?
I’m going to start off by correcting you. I have no issues with the CONCEPT of progression nor diversity. Not at all. In fact, despite the political mantra, everyone who thinks forward is in-essence, progressive.
My issues lie more with regressive people masquerading as progressive and corrupting movements that were once used for good. (Feminism, Social Justice, #BLM, etc.)
I also take issue with writers, artists, and movie makers using diversity to cover up bad writing.
These people include, but are not limited to those who block others (including myself) who disagree with their view points and try to have a logical discussion about them, people who hide behind double standards, attempt to ruin your life if you disagree with them, those who thrive on creating discord and division for their own gain, doing the exact opposite of what the equal rights movements intended, and so on.
My question to you and all of my readers is how does knowing who I support help me or you? Has Trek Against Trump improved your view of Star Trek?
Did the controversy surrounding Ghostbusters improve the movie profits?
Does any of the Hillary protestors enriched your life?
Has the actions of groups like BLM or Al Sharpton helped to bridge the gap with police or help equality?
Has any of it helped?
I’m not trying to be a jerk, I’m asking seriously because from my perspective, the answer to each is ‘no.’
So then how would it improve my stories or my credibility by taking a side or proclaiming my love for one candidate or one side over the other?
The answer is it doesn’t. To quote a great Episode of Star Trek:
“All you have to do is read my books, what I am is pretty much there.”
-Mark Twain (Star Trek TNG: Times Arrow Pt.2)
By coming out and boosting for politics one way or another, I alienate part of my audience just as others have alienated theirs. In this day and age where everything is so divided, politics is a game where no one wins, so I do not play.
I actually wanted to join with the black lives matter crowd as several of my friends had… however upon doing research, I couldn’t in good conscience. So I basically asked other people who supported the movement to provide me with some proof that the killings of Brown or Garner were racially motivated and if they were able to, I’d join. The responses I got ranged from a smug superiority; ‘Look, I’m not going to get into a debate over my view.’ to hyperbole ‘Shut up, racist. It must be nice to have your white privilege.’ (I’m actually Irish Catholic and have experienced bias and hatred, and know that my ancestors weren’t treated much better than freed slaves… but okay…)
Another time, I tried to speak to someone about gun control and the difference between a right and a privilege (keeping in mind that I really didn’t get into my own feelings on guns.) The response I got was less than flattering…
(I’m really starting to think that political activism over a certain age on either side has a side-effect of mental illness.)
In any case wishing death upon someone’s family whose only crime is disagreeing with you in a debate is where I draw the line… Especially from a fellow writer.
Occasionally, I will call out the wrongdoings of a person or group of people who either misuse social issues or pervert the causes they claim to represent for their own gain because I have no time or tolerance for societal leaches and I feel like I’m doing at least some small service by pointing out when such things occur.
In terms of the election, I do have my leanings, and should I choose to vote, I’ll vote my heart and values for what I think is best for my country. That’s all anyone can do. As for the rest of it…
I’m not a feminist, a social justice warrior, I don’t go to rallies for any group of people, and I can rarely be found in a church. I’m a humanist. I don’t think giving one group of people an advantage over another because of mistakes of the past solves a thing. We’re all equal, we should all be viewed as equal and equally capable of greatness and that’s all there is to it.
I hope this helps, because that is about as far into this as I intend to get. I’m not into activism or preaching. I just write and sometimes people read my work and enjoy what I say. I can’t change people’s political view, after seeing how ingrained they are, nor should I ever have tried.
Readers, what do you think? Do you think knowing a writers ideology/religious or political stance/baises helps when you read their work? Do you care? Let me know in the comments.
Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.
I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
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