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Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Gods We Bow Down To

“Deus” or the state of the divine or divinity is a question that often crosses the creation of the pages I find myself writing about life or fiction based on life. We spend much of our lives developing the ideas of deity and responding to our determinations of the higher power or powers. Writers are not immune to the need to include the element of deus in attempt to make sense out of the worlds embodied in words. In this day and time of religious fervor in life threatening arenas, it is a scary place to be a writer contemplating many religions in the light of personal faith.

My brother used to say he was not God but that he was a god (only with a little “g”) when he was a young teenager.  I always understood this meant he had an upper hand in his own opinion. In sermons I have heard throughout my life questions of “What has replaced God in your life?” are often followed up with a list of distasteful habits, values, and motivations that are supposedly what we bow down to instead.  The preoccupation of “what we bow down to” is paramount in life under religious consideration. As a writer, I feel an obligation to not “bow down” under the words I find to write and I do thank God that we still have rights in freedom of speech in the United States.

How we choose to exercise our own answers in who or what we lift up and the expression of our personal values and beliefs is not without disagreement in various sectors of religion across society. I have found that the writing profession has to have room to question society, without prejudice, and to give back words according to answers provided within the bounds of a writer’s personal conscience. The day has not yet arrived where a writer cannot put forward words without pre-approved decisions that uphold certain structures with messages meant to propagate “correct” thinking. I hope that day does not come.

We do not all bow down to the same gods. This does not mean that we have nothing in common. In order to protect our own choices over God and religions, we have to protect our freedoms to choose and choose differently from one another. When writers can no longer write without fear, warning alarms are sounding to tell us our basic rights are threatened. When writers are no longer valued, society has ceased to care about the voices within the people. My pen is for hire, but it belongs to my words on the pages.  I bow down. I bow down to not losing our humanity in the face of our beliefs; I bow down to higher powers that work for better tomorrows; I bow down to a personal faith that sets God above man’s religions; but most of all, I bow down to using my writer’s pen for answers I find that my conscience will not let go.

-Kimberly A. McKenzie 





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