“We read to know that we are not alone.” – Shadowlands
I watched Shadowlands again yesterday, to see if it was as good as I remembered it. And it was. Definitely.If you haven’t seen it before you really should watch it now. It’s about C.S. Lewis as a middle-aged bachelor, a writer, and a professor at Oxford, when he meets and falls in love with Joy Gresham. It’s a movie full of great lines. One of my favourites is when Gresham asks Christopher Riley whether he’s trying to be offensive, or merely stupid, after he introduces himself by telling her that men have intellect and women have emotion.
But there’s another plot line about one of Lewis’ students, who’s father had told him that – ‘we read to know that we are not alone.’
I thought that was a pretty good explanation. Then, as the film left me a philosophical mood, I started thing thinking about why we write.
I haven’t told many of the people I know that I write here. And I didn’t start off with much of an expectation that anybody else in particular would read it, although there were some ideas that I hoped I could pass on to anyone who happened to find themselves in the same predicament as I’ve been lately.
I haven’t been doing this long but I’ve been touched when people have left comments saying that they identified with something that I’d written, or that they feel the same way about something as I do. And it seems as though it’s the same for other bloggers.
I’m also really enjoying getting involved in the community around blogging and finding people who seem to be somehow like me, who have similar interests or have had similar experiences.
And so I think you could say that I’m carrying on writing to find out whether I’m alone. So; am I alone on this one, or does anyone else feel the same way? Why is it that you write?