Is there power in writing?..
yes of course, words are like x-rays if we use them properly they’ll go through anything. Its like you read and you’re pierced. Actually writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. Books can truly change our lives, the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves. There are books that inspire change.
Can a writer bring about a social change….
No, the writer needs the reader to bring about the change. Afterall without us readers, to imagine the characters, penned by the author, they don’t really exist. The unread story is not a story, it a little black mark on wood pulp. We readers bring it alive by reading. The good, the admirable reader identifies himself or herself not with characters in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book. Reading what everyone else reads leaves with the thinking like everyone else.
Maybe this is why we read and why in moments of darkness we return to books to find words for what we already know. Writers contribute to social change by penning thoughts, where a reader can find himself. The writers work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, whout this this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
Actually one must be very careful of books, and whats within them for words when they are read and visualized have the power to change us. yet they are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and most patient of teachers.
At the end of the day when the society is ready for a change will the change occur, yes, the reader does become a leader with the grooming of knowledge and information crafted by an author. But the understanding and application is his.