In celebration of the Fourth of July, for my fellow citizens of the U.S. (and also of Canada Day late last week), I thought I’d share a quote from novelist Don DeLillo, best known for his book Underworld, an epic about the Cold War. Since it’s been a bonanza of independence days, this week, I thought I’d find a writing quote that muses on the theme of Freedom. And here’s a good one.
Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.
~ Don DeLillo
This kind of touches on the whole idea that writers write because they have to, because that’s who they are. But I like the take on it that it’s about personal freedom and identity and salvation. In particular, the themes of freedom and salvation are very interesting, to me. Continue reading
I must say, I have a huzzah in my heart for Google’s announcement today:
I don’t normally post twice in a day, and not normally on political issues, but filtering search results that are critical of the Chinese Government (in China, anyway) or Pro-Democracy, or Pro-Human Rights, etc. was entirely unconscionable. But, as a writer (undiscovered or otherwise), it is inherent in my nature to fundamentally oppose anything that stymies freedom of expression or freedom of the press. As a businessman, I understand the profound profit implications of pulling likely having to pull out of China because of this, but as a principled-leader-in-training, I have a firm conviction that pursuit of profits blind to the moral values that must be compromised is ultimately damaging to long-term shareholder value.
So, I have to give props to Google for turning aside from that path, and choosing the right.