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The Cause

Musing Mondays2

Have you ever read a book that inspired you to take up a cause? What book was it, and what is/was the cause?

No. I am not ambitious in this magnitude and I doubt I’ll ever be taking up a cause because of a book, since I mostly read fiction. If a cause ever exists, it would be one that entails more reading. I believe in individual kindness—sort of like being a good Samaritan, performing a good deed or two along the way. I’m no measure for even a municipal cause, let alone the world, which is now, sadly, defined by talks of diplomacy, weapons of mass destruction, inspection teams, security alert, proofs of links with Al-Qaeda. Peace cause becomes obsolete, if not irrelevant, because of the helplessness of an individual in the face of organized, heartless terrorism under the pretext of holy war. An individual’s respect for social harmony or love for children does not make him an ally of the peace cause. I recall an article from a news magazine that said it will take a hundred year to get us out of all the incumbent crises—that’s all of our lifetime and our children’s. But with the way it goes now, talk of a hundred-year crisis is indulgence. There are always crises, and Islamic terrorism will settle into place, alongside recent wars, climate change, the politics of international trade, land and water shortages, hunger, poverty and the rest. I rather read for escape—literature that deals with humanity under these pressure but not about these crises. If I shall take up a cause, that will be a commitment to be kind to everyone and do my part for a greener planet.

8 Responses

  1. You know, mostly I feel the same way you do. However, when I read Push by Sapphire, I felt totally changed. It made me want to devote a part of myself to helping push literacy in a big way. It’s not something I want to talk about on my blog because I don’t do it for praise, but I do try to do what I can to help – and it’s directly because of that book.

    • I try to keep my reading (which is a devoted hobby, pasttime…) separate from the current affairs. I’m not looking into personal advancement when I read, other than to improve my writing. Maybe that’s why I avoid current affair books because the news alone are tiresome.

  2. I’ve felt inspired but I’ve never went any further than that probably because I’m lazy 😀

    • Life alone is too much to worry about. I think it’s important just to be kind and compassionate on a daily basis. It’s a great cause.

  3. Interesting point raised. I have not had such an encounter with books though I first heard of Haiku from a novel and read more about it and began writing. But taking up a cause? No

  4. I think I’m in your camp. I’m really politically and socially active so I tend to read for escape. I wil say that John Robins’ Diet for a New America inspired my since then vegetarianism at the age of 9, though. ;O)

    • I think promoting fitness and healthy diet would make a great cause. Sometimes you just have to set a personal example to be an inspiration. 🙂

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