Moira here welcoming you to another #SensualSunday posting. I want to get right down to it, and get this post rolling. So buckle up, keep your arms and legs inside the ride, and remember not to attempt standing until the ride has come to a full and complete stop.
First off, this post was inspired by something an author friend on FB shared by an author friend of their own. I do not know the original poster, have never spoken to the original poster, but it resonated with me. This post is not directed at any one individual, group or otherwise, it is what it is. An opinion. Mine. And it just might offend some folks. Such is life.
OPINION: 1) a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter; 2a) belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge; 2b) a generally held view … Merriam-Webster online dictionary
Every single person on the planet has an opinion. About pretty much everything. Yes, some folks will fall in line with a stronger personalities views because they aren’t the sort to make waves by stating their own opinion. But that does not mean they do not have one. We are after all human. Which means we come with this fantastic thing called free will. It permits us to each form, and hold our own thoughts about anything, and everything in the world around us. It’s only when we speak out about them in person, or on social media in all it’s forums that we then have to deal with other’s opinions.
That doesn’t make us wrong, or right. It merely makes us human.
Now this does not include the uniformed individuals who are out spouting rhetoric in all it’s forms. Whether from their pastor, a strong leader they admire, or from someone more intimately close to them (brother, sister, father, mother, lover, friend). I truly believe that if you have done your research, you have looked at both sides, and have formed an opinion based on all that then it’s a perfectly valid opinion. Is it right? Maybe, maybe not. That is not the question. We all have the right to speak to our personal opinions on everything as long as it is properly informed. Those who speak out without any real knowledge, or actual proof are the real danger to society as a whole. Because they are usually the ones who know just what to say, in just the right way to create a group dynamic full of sheeple. Or another term for this – cult.
But I’m getting off topic here, so here’s me wrenching things back in line.
As an author we all have our opinions. We write them every single day into our stories, our worlds, our characters. I for example detest liver and brussels sprouts. D-E-T-E-S-T them. This personal opinion is based on having had them for a meal on more than one occasion during one of my mother’s “phases”. I grew up in a home that you ate what was served or you made your own, or went hungry. That simple. It was the parent’s rule, and one I could live with. The point here is, that every single one of my characters will hate these two items, along with a few other food choices that I have negative connotations with. Same thing with certain types of music that I personally cannot stand, various types of movies, and so forth. Because it’s my personal opinion it affects the characters and worlds I create. But my readers still read my works because those little, trivial items are not really that big in the grand old scheme of things.
Yet if I were to post on social media, or my blog even that I had a hate on for liver and brussels sprouts I can GUARANTEE there would be at least a few individuals who would pipe up to take on the defense of that poor liver, or share a “divine” recipe for brussels sprouts. As is their right to do, because that happens to be their opinion. And I would never even think to trample another persons opinion. Now if those same individuals got into name calling, or flat out trying to verbally spear me for my opinion – well they would be gone from my social media in a hot New York minute. Because while I am more than willing to hear other’s opinions, and even hold lively debate, when someone goes on the attack it’s no longer about opinions. It’s about them believing they are right over everyone else, and if you don’t agree, then you are wrong. End of story.
Which, when I see an author talking about how a reader basically told said author to “keep your opinion to yourself” – on the authors own page I should mention – it gets my fur up, so to speak. Our pages on FB, our feeds on Twitter, our blogs on our sites are pieces of who we are. It’s where we can be ourselves, talk normal things if that’s what we want, and to interact with our followers and readers. Which means to have a reader, a follower, a supporter of said authors works tell the author to basically stuff their opinion where the sun don’t shine, something needs to be said. The author in question who unknowingly spawned the inspiration for this post has already replied to the unwanted, uneducated, and unwarranted attack on them. But the word must be spread that this is not alright, in any way, in any form, at any time.
We are authors. We have been molded into who we are by our experiences through our lives to this point. We will continue to be changed by whatever the future holds. We will not be silenced by the uninformed, uneducated, and misguided attempts by anyone who doesn’t agree with us. We are authors, and we have the same right to voice our opinions as everyone else does. Do we need to take a greater care in how we may phrase it? Sure, none of us wants to alienate every person on our boards/sites. Do we deserved to be muzzled because someone thinks we should be? Hell to the fucking no! We are authors, we are human, we are flawed, we are growing, we are learning, we are who we are. But if you don’t like my opinion, or anyone else’s why read our books? Because every single story we right holds that same opinion within it’s pages. More elegantly scripted than the usual posting on social media sure, that’s why we have editor’s after all, but it is still OUR PERSONAL VIEW OF THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT.
We are authors, and we have the same right as you to speak about what hurts, touches, molds us into who we are. We are authors, hear us roar.
XO Moira Callahan