Last year I wrote a draft of a book that I lost heart in. It was about criticising (harshly, but fairly in my mind) education and the way students learn myths about learning itself in the classroom. Halfway through, it had some alternatives. But before I could work on the 2nd and would-be final draft for publishing, I came to realise that I was doing exactly what those 'we-think-we-know-what's-best-so-shut-the-hell-up' teachers were doing - fighting fire with fire, and singling out someone to take the blame for the human race's problems.
I did have my reasons, however. My school life was not exactly peaceful, nor was it at all worthy of my memory, and from my own perspective I believed it was the root cause of all the troubles today: lack of love, forcing yourself through life, kidding yourself, as well as many others... My logic said fix schools, or even do away with them entirely, and you have a possiblity for peace in the world to pass on to coming generations.
I was 18 when I wrote that first draft (I am 19 now) and had I not discovered the right information at the right time, I'd still be a defenceless heart-broken sap forever wondering what the hell happened. Recently I have come to a similar realisation with the mass media: they, just like the administrators of the education system, are just doing their best in the way they know how. They may be very close to what I'd call charlatans, but only because they have learned their way into that perspective. Singling them out is still not a good move in my mind...
I'm trying to get a new message out with another book... well, a series of messages. It will mostly be all I've learned about Psychology and Objectivity in the past few years (and dun worry Michael, if I mention some of your ideas I'll be sure to credit you
), plus a few extra things to consider. I would dive into the realms of science, emotion, evolution, technology and even magic/illusion to show what I mean - that the world would be an amazing place to be born in if everyone learned how to love and be happy whenever they wished.
But I'm having trouble deciding what the 'main message' of the book is going to be. How on Earth do I do such a thing without singling out groups of people? How do I say that we are all in this together? Because the minute I even SAY words like 'religion' 'politics' 'real world evidence' or even 'love' to the ones who've lost it... I am immediately isolating those people either for/against stuff in those areas and lost my emotional connection with them. What I know is a lot less important than what I actually say, and I genuinely want EVERY human to hear what I want to say..
I could say something like 'I know I could be wrong here' every now and then, but that would not guarantee that the angered reader in question would reconsider my stance.
Because if other people label my writing under a section of 'against this' or 'for that', it gets isolated from others due to their perceptions. Realistically, is it even possible considering the scale of beliefs out there?
I would like to know what you all think. How can I offer somebody a new insight as to how they can feel better about their lives without forcing them to try on completely new pairs of shoes? I really do not want to lose connections with anybody just because they see the world differently...