There’s a verse I was reminded of today, Ephesians 4:15: "Speak the truth in love." What an important thing to remember here. I’ve been guilty of forgetting this instruction, which doesn’t make me proud. There are also times when I’ve been snide or too cynical, and tell the truth, blamed my job or other people for it. But in our desire to set right the problems in our industry, I’ve sometimes pushed too hard, and forgotten to show love as I tell truth. We want to be truthful judges, but we don’t want to make it cut. We want people to understand what we’re talking about here and not offend needlessly. I need to remember that it’s only when truth is presented with love that it’s accepted. Otherwise, we’re just making noise here.
And in fact, isn’t that part of the point here about what needs to change in CBA? In presenting truth with love simultaneously, aren’t we talking about something larger than a public appeal like this blog? Ultimately, aren’t we looking for something more? More artistic? More subtle? I’m not trying to get existential or solve another unsolvable paradox, I just want to point it out so you can be aware. If those of us called to write are doing what God’s given us to do, all of us should be doing something other than sitting here chatting about the truth. There needs to follow a time where we’re actively taking it and using it in a presentation of a well-told work.
That’s the distressing reality to this blog that’s been bugging me for some time now. Not only do I fear people coming on here and using my thoughts as excuses to bludgeon each other, but the more I talk and think about the problems in CBA myself, the more my thoughts on the matter evolve, and the more diluted my actual work addressing it becomes. If I’ve got my mind already made up, what is there to put in the books? We don’t write to explain, we write to discover. This is ultimately one of the major distinctions between good, solid, exploratory work, and stale, uninventive, freeze-dried stuff. There’s the rub. If we’re figuring things out here on the blog, we’re not doing it in our stories. And the quality we’re so concerned with preserving escapes. We either have to remanufacture our discoveries for our work (a difficult and often pointless exercise), or we’ll have to focus elsewhere, thus stealing that book’s life.
Hmm. Think about THAT. Happy Friday everyone.