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Analyze that Quote: Joseph Conrad

Who’s ready for some learning time? I love dissecting quotes, and the extrovert in me enjoys typing it out, since I’d rather output that ruminate in my head. Probably why I’m a writer, ha.

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
– Joseph Conrad

This quote makes me want to stamp my feet, wave a flag and point furiously at it, simply due to how important a point I think it communicates. Joseph Conrad’s words aren’t difficult to process and the message is a straightforward, but important one.

I’ve stated this before, but writing teaches empathy, and many writers happen to be avid readers, and have been for a long time. Empathy is a key component in being a writer, and I believe probably the number one reason I was always interested in writing. I love connecting to people, and examining life through different perspectives than my own. It is so. very. important. as a society that we have this ability. Unfortunately, with decline in readers, and most people buried in their phones, empathy is hard to come by these days.

All the more reason why books are important, right?

Back on topic though, I can’t imagine being a writer if you don’t care about people. People should fascinate you, scintillate you, and inspire you. Whether you’ve seen humanity at its worst, or its best, human beings and their unique problems tend to dominate the mind of a writer. I’ve met plenty of people who can’t empathize. Who don’t care about others. Let me tell you, never in a million years would I want to read anything they write.

After all, how dull and boring would it be to not feel? To not care? To not long for something different, or a better place, or have the suffering of others inspire inside yourself such a mighty rage that burns for a lifetime?

So yes, I do believe this is important advice.

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