The Author’s Search for Meaning


Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.  ~Hannah Arendt


The author as an artist is in a unique spot as far as philosophy and ideology goes.  Everyone from politicians, to religious authorities, to the scientific establishment wants their audience to believe that they have a monopoly on truth and meaning.  The author is one of the few teachers that presuppose the opposite.

The author examines what these other groups are teaching and may adhere to some of their doctrines, but usually from a distance.  Writers are suspicious of black and white thinking because it is their responsibility to view everything as it really is or as it really should be.  When they look out on the world, they don’t see black and white; they only see black and white on the page and even the page possesses many more colors than black and white, if you read it right.

Authors are not interested in clever definitions or persistent dogmas.  They are looking for perspective and the voice to capture it.  They explore reality while everyone else is busy defining it.  They look under the stone while others simply assume that a rock is just a rock.  If they define anything on page one, it is only to question this definition on page three.  The reality the author examines is not static.  It is a world with endless questions, a cosmos of ever-changing interactions, each with a complex meaning, each waiting to be explored.

– Jones