I'm Working on My Second Book
One of my goals for last year was to write a new book. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
I don't consider this a failure though. I had this aspiration at the beginning of 2016, and I tried to concoct an idea that felt worthwhile to write about, but as time went on I realized I just wasn't ready yet.
Twenty-sixteen was a year of changes and processing for me. I left a "dream job" and started my own business. I moved cities. I left a religious denomination. Plus I've been wrestling through some difficult life crises which are still too fresh and personal to talk about publicly.
In a nutshell, last year just wasn't the correct time for me to write another book.
What about 2017? I think it might happen this time.
I've been thinking a lot about the concepts of Heresy and Orthodoxy over the past two years, and I have a lot of things I'd like to say about them. So, I've begun planning a new book.
What's it going to be about?
Here are a few of the broad questions and statements I'm exploring:
- We need heretics.
- Everyone is a heretic, but a lot of people are unaware of this fact. Is this lack of awareness causing great harm?
- Everyone is someone's heretic. A little perspective goes a long way in humbling us.
- Orthodoxy is predominately about maintaining control and certainty at the expense of _______.
- Why are heretics deemed dangerous?
- At what point does a heresy become an orthodoxy?
- How can you wisely function as a heretic?
- Why do heresies arise?
- What are the intentions and motivations of heretics?
- What does it look like for a heretic to be in relationship with those who subscribe to Orthodoxy?
- Heresies can be just as oppressive as Orthodoxies.
- We must be open to our neighbor's search for the truth even when their search doesn't go in the same direction as ours.
- What are some examples of heretics in history and literature that we can learn from?
- There's always a possibility that we could be wrong. How do we live with this uncertainty and tension?
I've been researching and pondering this subject for many months now, but I've had a sudden surge of inspiration over the past few weeks. I recently read the book Flatland by Edwin Abbott, and it gave me a wonderful framework from which to explain and discuss the subject of Orthodoxy and Heresy.
Here's a quote from the main character of the book that really resonated with me:
"I exist in the hope that these memoirs, in some manner, I know not how, may find their ways to the minds of humanity in Some Dimension, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to the limited Dimensionality."
That's all I have to share for today. Over the coming weeks I'll keep posting about my writing process as I go along with some snippets of things I've discovered.