Writers Are As Important to Humanity as Doctors, Engineers, and Teachers.

Brooke Meredith
Aug 20, 2019 · 5 min read
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Doctors save lives. So too do writers.

Engineers invent and create things of worth, which can have a significant impact on altering, shifting, or changing certain aspects of culture or humanity. Writers can and do the same with their words, on both large scale and small.

Teachers instruct, inspire, and open new doors in terms of the knowledge they pass on to others. Writers as well.

We may not often be able to outwardly observe the impact writers have. Not the way we can with say, a stitched up arm, or cancer cells visibly killed off. Nor the way we might be able to in seeing an impressive new invention making its way into the market, somehow improving or shifting things within its given field. And not in the sense that a teacher can instruct on math and then the following day, her students score significantly higher on their tests than last time.

Writers though, create just as much change, can shift, alter, and even save lives, as well as, instruct, inspire, and heal others.

Writers are as crucial to the thought process, health, growth, and emotional fulfillment of humanity, like any other paramount profession.

Consider books like 1984 by George Orwell, from which terms like “Big Brother,” “doublethink,” “thoughtcrime,” and “2 + 2 = 5″ are still commonly used today. The book will always be an important reminder that freedom of expression and thought is worth any cost in society.

Aesop’s Fables, which continues to teach children alike significant moral lessons around the world, and throughout numerous cultures.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, from which his teachings have been embraced by the worlds of business and law to learn how to gain the upper hand in arguments and negotiations.

The Diary of Anne Frank, probably the most widely read and important work to come out of the Holocaust.

Betty Friedan’s, The Feminine Mystique is credited with sparking the second-wave feminist movement.

Upton Sinclair was one of the great American muckraking journalists who sought to expose corruption in government and business. The Jungle is one of the most famous books to do just that.

The list of books and writings that have impacted humanity, in vital and extensive ways, is a huge one.

Further, consider on a smaller though equally relevant scale. You read an article somewhere online about alternate relationship styles- many of which you never imagined, considered, or thought of prior, this prompting you in experimenting with and finding a better relational method or fit for yourself.

Or, in reading a book recommended by a friend in which the main character is mentally ill, this infusing you with new empathy and an alternate perspective that you hadn't had prior with regard to mental illness.

You pick up and absorb the words and message of a poignant poem, one which causes you to consider new and novel possible ways of life in a far more expanded way than you had before reading it.

You stumble upon the premise of a book, let's say Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, and then, following feeling prompted by it, you delve into research on the topic of wheat. And, following your extensive reading on it, are now armed with the knowledge of how horrible wheat is for your health, this motivating a shift in eating habits. Something you hadn't been aware of in any depth previously.

Maybe you scan through an article on the topic of toxic people and relationships, this finally offering you the inspiration and sense of support needed to both acknowledge and identify, as well as let go of the toxic people in your own life.

You might read something about the livestock industry and, on learning in detail how inhumanely and horribly the animals are treated (cows, chickens, pigs), decide you can no longer stomach eating meat.

I could continue on with countless examples.

Writers change individual lives and thought processes, as well as, can prompt significant shifts in the culture at large.

They have an equally relevant impact on humanity as, say, a doctor, engineer or teacher does.

Books are how humans talk to one another across time and distance. They are the way in which we transmit and share with each other, insights, knowledge, thoughts, stories, life lessons, ideas, and learning.

Books spread the word. And sometimes, it’s a crucial, life-changing, thought-altering, culture-shifting word.

Books teach us how to be human. They offer instructions, alternate ideas, new considerations for how to think, live, and navigate this one shot we have on earth called life.

Books can save us. Gifting one with the strength, insight, and sense of validation needed to finally leave a terrible relationship, or, to look what one now realizes is an addiction, in the face. Books can offer a sense of healing to those who have been through abuse. A hand extended and lent in moving toward a mindset of healing.

Books entertain. They offer new worlds and different experiences for our diving into and occupying, alongside our usual, everyday routine. Books are a method of making magic in real-time.

Books strengthen life skills, imparting us with the how-to in, say, dealing with difficult people, or how to better home our talents in order to move more towards the line of work we actually wish to do.

Books offer a sense of “me too” and “I’m not alone after all.” We can find ourselves throughout stories in varying ways. This, contributing towards the building of confidence and acceptance of self when one sees that there are others like them out there. (And no, if you are, say, a heterosexual, white female, the character need not share these characteristics in order to find a sense of empathy, understanding, and likeness within. Connection, empathy, and a sense of understanding is found beyond surface traits and more, in our shared humanity and similar emotional experiences).

Books show us that there is so much, endless wonders, possibilities, and knowledge, beyond the narrow, constrained bubble of our immediate experience and life. Something that most of us forget far too often. Books remind us of just how expansive and huge the world, and life, really is.

“One must be careful of books and what’s inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Guess who is behind books? Writers.

Writers are game-changers, thought shifters, healers, connection creators, teachers, daredevils, sages, romantics, intellects, and entertainers. Writers are observers, artists, deep thinkers, and badasses.

They are those who pour hundreds and hundreds of hours, and all of their souls, into a piece of work which may or may not actualize as something more. They are the epitome of impassioned, ambitious, and heartfelt humans.

Writers make the world go round. And, writers change both the world at large, as well as countless individual worlds.

Writing is a pivotal job to the well being, progression, healing, inspiration, and growth of humanity.

Brooke Meredith

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Fervent writer. Ravenous reader. Impassioned with words. Relationship researcher. Social Scientist. Social Justice Advocate. Author. www.brookeenglish.com

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Brooke Meredith

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Fervent writer. Ravenous reader. Impassioned with words. Relationship researcher. Social Scientist. Social Justice Advocate. Author. www.brookeenglish.com

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