What is the role of literature in our modern times?
struggling with complex ideas, subtle metaphors and non-colloquial language is unlikely to appeal to communicatiors, which is why what counts is not literature as such but the message sent out. And yet, once literature is turnded into an instrument for sending out the correct messages, literary standards become negotiable.
Literature, by which I mean writers trying to say something serious and not past writers so named by academia, is the way we explore the inner lives of our fellow man. I consider, like cultural anthropology, to be the study of man. If you want to learn about a culture forget about guidebooks and read their creative writers.
Literature helps us keep a check on our progress. While writers churn out books, newspapers and Hubpages everybody's happy. Just read and get on with life. Then someone comes along and starts burning books, blocking news and stuffing our ears with institutionalised rubbish. Some people go round kicking the stuffing out of those who keep on writing as they did before and we have to stand back while the military sorts them out. Revolutions keep happening in unstable countries because nobody knows the definition of a 'happy medium'. Over here somebody keeps churning out football reports, another one writes articles on why 'googlies' are less effective than 'yorkers', and the third one tells us what breeding went into the winner of the Grand National. That's why we've never had literal repression in Britain. The powers that be are too busy checking up on the odds at Ascot or taken up with listening to over-by-over coverage of the Third Test at Edgbaston. And there's another one at the back who's busy with Penthouse inside a copy of the Financial Times! Literature? What's that?
For the most part is is geared to condition the masses towards hopelessness, violence and distraction. There are very few books that try to reveal the truth and of those many are simple censored.
Stories are sacred. It is through our stories that we bond with one another and create our reality. Nothing is more intimate than telling our personal story to another human being--think how painful it can be when that confidence is betrayed. When we feel we are strangers, it is because we aren't part of the "story" of that community or group. In that sense, our lives are pieces of "literature." The need to share our stories isn't any different now than it has ever been. It is how we pass on our histories, our morals and faith that changes over time. Technology may change how we "create" our stories so they can be shared, but the need to hear the stories of others exists in all time periods....literature lives as longs as we are there to listen to and to tell our stories.
The purpose of literature can not be measured.. I will say is like a fountain!
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