From Why I Write (1947)
"I think there are 4 great motives for writing ...
(1) Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked
about, to be remembered after death, to get our own back on grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc ...
(2) Aesthetic enthusiasm ...
(3) Historical impulse. Desire to see things as
they are, to find out true factsa and store them up for the use of posterity.
(4) Political purpose - using the word
'political' in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people's idea of
the kind of society that they should strive after ..."
Bay Center, Washington.
Arthur's Other Online Writings:
Progressiveness: Rural Life, Politics, Religion & Other Stuff from Washington Coast
Liberal Christianity in the 21st Century
originally appeared for more than 3 years as my topic at Suite101.com and remains there as an archived
topic. This site is my copy of articles written and pertinent discussion board commentary of mine while an editor there as
well as writings since that topic was archived there.