Decadence once againpublished: 2008-12-01
I believe about 99% of all writers anywhere in the world are unable to make a living out of the proceeds of their writing. Does this make them lesser writers? Does this mean these writers should stop writing? Clearly, there's not enough demand for whatever it is most of us put on paper, so why do we stubbornly keep supplying? The answer is: writing is not about what others think, it is about what the writer thinks. Granted, this may seem like a decadent activity. But almost every activity in the Western society I live in is exactly that: decadent. We Western writers are a generation of decadent writers, writing about our decadent selves. You could dismiss this, but you could equally argue that a writer's writing mirrors the era he/she lives in. In due time, this will prove its worth.