My thoughts on the "Religion of Writing" (ROW)
Naturally, writing is about dealing with conflict. However, it isn't exactly science, even if we are trying to learn in a critical way. I think it was Ernest Hemmingway who said something like, "writers do not judge -their job is to understand." That is a very important thing to remember in a sort of non-spatial way. What I mean is that to think like a wirter, act like a writer, etc. one has to understand that unless you are writing about the details of a high-level experiment in physics, the most important thing is be possessed of is an almost nuetral or mallible frame of mind. Even in scientific papers, however, the *symbols* used to express relations are mearly tools used to express things as a psychological process - and thus the ideas of subject and the absolute.
Going deeper, in far more dated times, the arts were considerd a gift from some particularr god or immortal - such as the Muses. The arts, writing in particular, was often a tool for (like our own methods of scientific expression) to relate between the devine and mankind. Sexual ideas were a big part of this. To illustrate my point, the word "writer" originally meant a person *who carves letters into stone or wood*. The more modern view of this aligns with what Poe said. He suggested in "How to Write a Blackwood Artical" that a writer should never fix his pen, and that his pen should have a very thick nub. With a little wit, he also says that no great man, of however small genius, ever wrote with a good pen. Read between the lines, here.
Going a little further, is the idea of a "Word" or such which is capible of - well I'll just say it's the idea that the pen is mighter than the sword.
Bah - I just lost my train of thought - maybe I'll finish another time.:redface:
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