This is in response to a pen pal who admonished me to not write about violence and “occult” things.
There’s a saying that keeps popping up: “Nothing amazing ever came out of a comfort zone.” It really is true. Just imagine where we’d be today if General Washington, freezing his butt off at Valley Forge, had just thrown up his hands and said, “Well, I’m cold, let’s all go home.” I could come up with dozens of examples.
Marie Curie (discovered radiation) once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” I have to wonder what this world would be like if we all put effort into understanding each other and the world we live in.
I write about the dark side of nature because, without the darkness, the light is meaningless. “Good” and “Evil” are human inventions, and good versus evil is the oldest story line in human history. You can stop reading my book because a description of lions hunting makes you uncomfortable, but you will miss the story of redemption and forgiveness. I understand that, but it is sad.
There is no “good” or “evil” in nature. There is only a struggle to survive long enough to pass on one’s genes. There is nothing inherently noble, or evil, about nature, it just is. We humans like to think we are above nature, beyond it, but we are not. Sure, our weapons and medicines help us adapt and live longer, but we are not immune to the world around us.
As for “paranormal” and “occult”, take a trip back 1,000 years and strike a match to light a fire. They will burn you at the stake with that fire for practicing “black magic”. What would have been “paranormal” back then is now basic applied Chemistry. The difference is that now we know WHY a match works. Imagine what we may KNOW tomorrow! What we call paranormal, or occultish, or evil may be simply beyond our ability to understand with the knowledge and technology we have now. There’s nothing to be feared about that; in fact, it’s EXCITING!
The only reason we know what we know as a species, is because people stepped out of their comfort zones and found the amazing. I was uncomfortable writing some of those scenes, but I got through them to write an amazing story about the power of forgiveness. I will not apologize for finding the light in the darkness of HUMAN nature. Madame Curie was right, now IS the time (more than ever) to seek to understand more, so that we can fear less. If we don’t face our fears, we become slaves to what we THINK we should be afraid of, never knowing if there was even a need for the fear.
There are some truly amazing things out there. We only need to stretch beyond our comfort zones to find them.
“Find the Light”