The Way of a Peaceful Creation
Hearing creation stories always thrill me as what was once a speck of a thought could turn into such a huge impact on the society and culture we find ourselves. These stories span more than the traditional Judaeo-Christian Adam and Eve, or even the Iriquois’ turtle and
mother, but even span into ideologies and such as is read in Invitation to Peace Studies the beginnings of modern “nonviolent action” (122). This is further developed by Henry David Thoreau in his essay on “Civil Disobedience.” Within both of these sources there is an underlying call to action that can’t be ignored. When powers at hand are getting out of control it is up to the people to stand up in nonviolent action against the threat that is either being imposed or quietly setting up ambush.
Treating nonviolent action as a method of war is important to the rationalization and justification of it. Many people unfortunately believe that we can not live without war or violence and that humans are programmed for it, though war and violence are a means to death. Taking the non-combative course is necessary but must still take on some characteristics of war. So much energy and time is devoted to running scenarios and planning for the worst and best scenarios, and nonviolent action requires the same if not a little less of this. If this sort of discourse was spoken more often in real war situations we would certainly see a much more rational means to an end of the war. The act of war isn’t reserved for whole countries violently fighting interstate wars but is also standing up against an institution or program, law, etc. to positively affect our own situations on behalf of humans and their rights.
A population growing restless is a threat to the order and governance of a government that is why peaceable solutions need to happen when these arise. Gene Sharp “described 198 different nonviolent actions used in dozens of nonviolent campaigns across diverse societies and eras” (122) but perhaps some of these nonviolent campaigns came too late. As is later pointed out in the text some of them moved on to actual wars within only a few years time. Then, I have to wonder how many heard the call to start speaking out in a positive light to try and quell the storm rather than waiting. Thoreau explains it just as I’d imagine that “they will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret.” The regret paints the first sign of a brushed off obligation that one holds. The idea of waiting means they already have a goal in mind but have only time between them and that goal. Waiting is sometimes something that’s inevitable but actively waiting spells a totally different story.
The truth that is making the distance between action and inaction lesser is the availability of facts and methods. “Never again will people be…faced with inventing tactics on their own” (122) to combat what ails us as a nation. I have waited long enough to have the guilt to begin weighing on me. If I’m getting discouraged because no one is standing up and saying “Enough!” then maybe it’s time someone like me does. There is enough good intention in this world that could strengthen the pleas and add formula and further planning to such an outcry. There is a lot that goes into organizing and pulling off such a strong feat with building momentum. But as with all creation stories it could be your spark that starts the new beginning.
Thoreau, Henry David. “Civil Disobedience.” Blackboard. Sdccd.blackboard.com. 1849. web.2 Oct. 2016
Wood, Houston. Invitation to Peace Studies. Oxford. Oxford University Press. 2016.
So I recently wrote about my visit to Arlington Virginia. What a wonderful trip it was. I was free to roam, but checked in with the boyfriend for lunch and at the end of the meetings, but any other time I spent roaming. While here I decided to take time to review my book. Walking the streets of Washington D.C. I found a renewed sense of motivation and inspiration as I walked down the streets that were written in my book. I could see my characters on the street corner, mid parade. I could see the White house where President Andrew Rakford spent a great amount of his time. I also walked along the Potomac which would soon be filled with blood to spite those searching for water in the excruciating heat.
Sitting at Starbucks (my FINAL cafe stopping point) I put my mind to the key board. I reviewed the opening chapter and wrote words that would make my buddy (Austin) proud. I spent two hours on the opening paragraph alone, and wrote words that impressed my worst critic (myself). The sentences flowed into each other, each new thought tied in with the previous one. Words were written that brought the visualization into the simple structure of each sentence. I wowed myself!
I recently began reviewing a chapter that I had sent to Austin for his review. When I noticed that I continued to call one of the items a “stealthy” my eyebrows furrowed in question. I thought I fixed that? I wondered. I then opened up the copy of “The Unexpected” that I thought I had been working on and experienced that sensation where your heart sinks into your stomach. I DELETED the wrong copy of my book!
What was I thinking!? I was simply trying to organize my desktop, I made a change in a different version, and deleted based upon “last updated!” Now as I write this I am working on recovering that file that I deleted. All other attempts have produced a document that resembles an odd code of boxes, and a few Arabic symbols. I ran to Cory for assistance. He tried, but nothing really seemed like it was working.
In conclusion, it is within my belief that had I kept things a bit more organized, and reviewed the work that I was deleting (WHY WOULDN’T I!) I would not currently be in this situation. So with no further a’do; Always make sure that you back up the hard work that you do, so you don’t loose it like THIS dumb ass!
Happy writing (and deleting appropriate files)
Caleb A. Mertz
I haven’t signed on to my dear blog for approximately three days. While I’ve been gone I was hoping to open my dashboard today and see all sorts of views and comments. Wow was I ever disappointed. I work constantly (which most of us do) and I just had my sisters wedding today (which I only found out about three days ago) so when I come to my solace I was hoping for some comfort. Nothing. This brings me to my next question. What makes you hot? What keeps the most popular blogger’s on top? Is it truly entertaining content, intelligent content, or constant content?
“…What Makes you hot?”
I realize as I type this that there are several sides to this argument. I then sit and wonder, Why I’m complaining. I’m simply writing to help my grammar and writing ability. Ernest Hemingway says you must write everyday if you wish to really be a writer. Whereas my ideas for my stories might not always be strong I can always go on this blog of mine and write whatever is on my mind.
I also realize that I am still relatively new to this website. New to blogging. And new to the world as well. Sometimes false vanity begins to kick in. You almost think that you are king blogger when all of the sudden with a quick report of the last three days you realize that you are only you. There is no existential fan base out there secretly hiding between the lines of every blog, snooping behind every sign post, or reading my every update.
I also realize that there are people out there with a much greater talent than I that have the same issues. The difference is that they don’t have to go back to their material and look it over and over and over again. They might do so just for the pure indulgence of their creativity and intelligence. They have great talent and it is only a matter of time before they get discovered and get put on some great big publishers list of best sellers. In my case this crazy red squiggly line constantly shows up under my words (including my first attempt at the word squiggly).
But there really is a question that I wish to receive some sort of response on. I want to know from some of the best blogger’s out there, What makes you hot? By all means give me a full dissertation while you’re at it.
Caleb A. Mertz
Over the past several months there has been one thing that has been looming around every corner. It isn’t lifethreatening, ugly, or even vehement. I have known it to be there and yet I continue to pursue marketing and booking events that I feel may forward my development and acknowledgment of authorship. With the book signings in the past now, there are other events that have to be tended to. It is impossible to attend two events and expect to make sales.
Hours have been devoted to searching for upcoming literary events. What about the other outlets out there? Many other things sit out there waiting to be discovered in order to be used to their greatest potential. Writing for Examiner.com, blogging, and updating my website are just a few of the other things that I have been doing. Then of course there is the business aspect of things including trying to register an actual business name with the state of Pennsylvania, tracking sales and marketing expenses, and so on and so forth.
Yet, and yet there is one thing that has not been getting done. I have written several query letters, cover letters, and pitch letters for publishers. I have organized the envelopes, acquired addresses, and contacted certain contacts within the publishing field. As part of my other blog, “Be part of something big!” you see that there are even promotional materials made for the release of my new book. What about writing it?
What about writing it?
Writer’s blog has been a horrible thing for me. Then again, I wonder if it’s even writer’s block. What if it’s just my own unsettled thoughts and energy? The words are before me. I have them on the screen where I am to add more of a story. I have it printed out and clipped. There are questions for each chapter for those that are going to read the manuscript before it goes to the editor. Where are the next words?
I finally took a hiatus from all of the marketing, promotion, and writing. Three weeks I didn’t really think of anything regarding my book. Then finally, six beers in, the next part of the story came so quickly I had to rapidly find a pen to
get the thoughts onto paper. I am only taking a few minutes now in between loads of laundry to write in my blog. I plan on devoting the grand chunk of the day to writing out the story.
Life can pass us all too quickly. I just said the other day that I was going to be 80 before I knew it. The motivational speaker in all of us tries to get us to seize the day and make the most out of it. Unfortunately we all too often associate getting the most out of a day with the ammount of work we can say we did. I have found that sometimes slowing down and just taking a day or week to yourself can make the most progress in your professional and personal life.
Caleb A. Mertz