Can Writing Change the World?

Anwar Noor Baloch
Writing can change the world that can be the simple answer. Will it change to good or bad that can be the different phase?   Intellectually and understandingly, there is no good or bad, “it is just it is”. It might be good for “A”, but not necessary to be good to “B”, when it comes to writing.
Most of the changes came so far in the world were through writings. It is the writing which changes the mind of an ordinary man. It is the writing which takes a person from one direction to another. It is the writing which either annoys a person or satisfies him.
Reason (s) for writing can be different from one writer to another. “Why I write” is one of the essays of George Orwell of 1946, in which he said that, “I write for political purpose.” He wanted to lead readers into different direction from his political writing and that was his motive for writing. It has rightly been said that, if you are a fan of writing, then, you should know the power of it.
Is it “ideas” or “words” where should writers bring in their writings? Some suggest that, writers should play with words and engage readers, whereas, other suggest that, there must be some great ideas in their writings where readers should start to think and change.
If writing can’t completely change the world, it at least changes someone’s mind and thinking. Reading one of the articles of Justin Harmon, on-line, in which he states that, “For me, writing has completely changed my world. It has changed the way I view myself and how I interact with others. Writing has allowed me to find what it is I am most passionate about.”
It can be true that, some readers feel that they are with the writers when such authors write about women, about hopeless refugees, about children, about despairing thirsty dying men who are basically suffering.
Writing is all about change, whether changing the world or changing oneself. There is a brilliant point or wisdom where, Mahatma Gandhi said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This indicates that, once change happens, either you see the world with different eyes or the entire world sees you differently. Hence, writing can change.
When the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” of Robert Kiyosaki was published it has changed the mind and thinking of many entrepreneurs, and especially the way of doing business and making money. Not only this, but this book has given new thoughts on education, that how children should be educated about finance.
As a reader it had led me into deep thinking after reading a phrase which says as: “Unsatisfied, cold, priapic, nymphomaniac, lesbian, a hundred times aborted, I was everything, even an unmarried mother,” of Simone de Beauvoir of the reaction to the second volume of her book, “the second sex.” She raised a very valid question to every reader, that, what does it mean to be a woman?  Though, the book “the second sex” was published in 1949, but it is still valid as today. It speaks about women, their freedom, their rights and sufferings.
After reading more about this book “the second sex”, it provided with information that, it sold 22,000 copies in its first week in Paris in 1949, and its English translation was an instant bestseller in America.
Writing leads author for further research and reading on anything. It leads the pen and fingers not to get rest. Sometimes, it wonders that, is it pen which is leading the author’s mind or it is author’s mind which is moving the fingers with a pen to writing for changes.
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