Consider an author who wants to think about and resolve personal, private, and sensitive issues in his or her own life. What does he do? Does he write it out just as it is? Perhaps. But another course for him to take is to wrap the issues within a fictional story. I think that’s what I would do if I wanted to unburden myself of secrets that have remained hidden deep within me unresolved.
Secrets have a way of congealing into dense masses of dark matter obstructing the free flow of thought and life within a person’s, for the lack of a better word, soul. What started out as the awareness of a painful experience, becomes covered successively by layers of shame, distortion, distraction, and forgetfulness. But it always remains there doing damage indirectly with its searing pain. Like the massive gravitational pull of an undetectable black hole, its presence can be detected by the effects it has on adjacent thoughts, memories, and decisions.
The next time you read a fictional story of personal triumph over inner conflict and pain, think of the author’s own struggles and his motivation for expressing this story; it often is not to gain commercial success but rather to display in plain sight the dark underbelly of his heart.
Fiction authors that deal with these sensitive issues are some of society’s most sensitive, perceptive, and courageous communicators. They reveal the profound concerns that all of us share to some degree; and they do it in such a manner that we can recognize the currents that run deep within us. In releasing their heretofore repressed thoughts and emotions, they give us a tool to dig within our own minds. When such a story resonates with us, it often evokes tears of recognition and provides us a measure of self-insight. Such a story offers us the hope that we too may be able to triumph over the burdens that we have been carrying with us for so long.
These authors offer us insight, understanding, recognition, perspective, and hope within the covers of a book. They are the ones who should be running our country – not the politicians!