Some people wonders about how one sits down and take a pen, paper to create a story or recall one and narrate it in the most positive creative way. How one allows others to enter into his / her head, to tap on and know their thoughts. All what can be said is that there is another level of freedom one experiences which comes out with the exercise of their thought put down in words for others to see.
Writing has the magic of releasing one from mental trappings, and this is talking of creative writing. It has been known to influence and change the course of history through changing people’s perception. Of course as it is always known, people have different talents, different callings, so we can not all be writers.
Just like anything in life, what matters most when one puts thoughts to words on paper is being truthful. Every truth is a ward to making the course of life for all straight or make it to bend. Therefore one has to take the responsibility of writing with the due diligence that is required. There are some words that can not be carelessly put on paper. A word may have a million meanings dependent on various factors for instance the time it is being spoken or read. In writing one has to be sensitive of the season they are writing as to the meanings of words.
The quotes for this week are an extraction from a book of history. It is when we dig deep sometimes, going back to points in the past, that we can be in a better state to deduce meaning from current circumstances. I am sure that the selected quotations below from the book will enlighten you to one or two things on life lessons, read and enjoy:
BLANTYRE MISSION AND THE MAKING OF MODERN MALAWI by Andrew C. Ross
“….. we must return to the situation in the 1870s when the combined impact of the ‘invasions’ of Yao, Ngoni and Makololo had radically altered and thrown into flux the Shire Highlands society which Livingstone had known. It was into this fast-changing and political environment that a further disturbance was introduced in 1875 when Lt E.D. Young led a party of Scots missionaries from the Free Church of Scotland to found a mission intended to fulfil Livingstone’s intention of transforming African society through the impact of ‘commerce and Christianity.’ Livingstone held that the barriers preventing the new life that the Gospel brings from coming to fruition in Africa were not primarily the sinfulness of individual Africans, but the actual structures of African society. …..”
“Certainly, on the surface, that is the case and it is a clear contrast with what happened in England, Germany and Scandinavia, where no major denomination initiated overseas missionary work. In England the effective Anglican and Free Church work was initiated and carried out by Missionary Societies made up voluntarily by those interested in the task. Some societies were interdenominational, like the London Missionary Society. Others were denominational in their basis such as the Church Missionary Society. The situation was similar in the Netherlands, Germany and the Scandinavian countries. “
“In the case of Blantyre, the case was further complicated because acting on what they believed were their instructions, and in keeping with the spirit of the humanitarian circles in Britain, the staff made Blantyre a refuge for runaway slaves. These were not always fleeing from being sold to the coast, but were fleeing traditional African domestic slavery. This increased greatly the numbers and therefore the difficulties of maintaining law and order, and it also made for bad relations with local chiefs and headmen.”
“Quite apart from what Scottish missionaries thought or did, it is significant that modern African nationalists have been most suspicious of those who would insist on the preservation of the integrity of African culture, with some justification since the whole structure of ‘apartheid’ was built on such an insistence.”