Yeah, so none of the goals I have set from myself have come to fruition on this blog. But I will keep trying. Things will definitely get a little squirrely in the next coming month for a couple of reasons. The first is the obvious one: school. As a senior I have this HUGE thesis I have to do and so part one is due at the end of this term so I will be banging that out next month. BUT! I also will be attempting NaNoWriMo next month so I will be writing none stop for that too… Maybe I will start posting pieces of that to the blog :/ I don’t know. But to top that all off I also am contemplating attempting to start a different blog up that is dealing with different issues, not sure what I will call it yet but I want to try and digest some of the complex issues that we young ’uns have to deal with in this day and age and talk about them in a simpler or clearer from. It would deal with politics, economics and religion to name a few of the terrifying labyrinths I am contemplating venturing into. But who knows if I will actually get that off the ground…
> And now onto today’s post!
I feel like I have already talked about this issue twice so I may be beating a very dead horse, however I feel like I need to clarify this issue and crystallize it as best I can for myself before I can go on and explore the vast landscape which is the world of narrative.
Why do I care so much about narrative?
Well to be honest the answer to that at first lies back in the recesses of my past. I have been enthralled to narrative since I first picked up a book. The worlds of Lewis, Tolkien, Jacques, and Brooks to name a few enchanted me because of their story. After I first read The Hobbit or turned the last page of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I knew I wanted that for myself. I wanted to write. But how? Was the question that always came to my mind. How can I make worlds like theirs? Well twenty-two years later my answer is: I have no #$)(*&$)(&%! clue but I will keep trying.
I say that on the one hand to bring some humor to the discussion but on the other I say it with all honesty. It always amazes me what the writers whom I adore have been able to craft with these simple yet frustrating little machinations called letters and words. Entire worlds have sprung from ink on a page! How can I match that brilliant light before which I seem so incompetent! And so I blunder on and keep trying hoping that at some point I can look back and see that my footsteps have not just been a mindless wandering but instead have been a path leading me towards a goal. Where that goal will take me I do not know. What I do know is that I want to go there.
The next part of the answer lies in a different sphere. My childhood fixation with masters of the craft may have set my feet to moving but it my dealings with the Bible and Christianity which has fixed understanding narrative as one of my life goals. Why? Because the Bible is a giant narrative which teaches us about God, his purposes and the reality we inhabit. I believe that the Bible shows us that we are in a narrative being told by God. Hence the better we understand what a narrative is the better we can sift through this beautiful story being constructed around us. It will help us answer some of the great philosophical and moral quandaries of the age and it will clarify how we should think about history and the path our world seems set upon. I believe that it will also help us better understand and interpret the Bible.
I hope that was clear and concise.
Questions or comments are very much appreciated.
God Bless and Enjoy the Journey!