“Writers have to write.”

Hi, my name is Josh. I’m a 30 year old white male living in the United States. In many ways, this makes me one of the luckiest people on the planet. I don’t have to worry about getting shot as I drive down the street. And I’ve never been turned down for a job because of the way I looked. I’ve worked incredibly hard since I finished high school, but I can’t deny that I’ve had certain advantages.

For one, I was born to a decent middle class family that did their best to raise me right. I grew up in the suburbs with internet access, and a fairly comfortable life. We weren’t wealthy by any means, we always lived pay check to pay check, but we had it better than the majority of people on this planet. I think that’s what bothers me the most, now that I’m on my own and living out a productive life in a society I don’t agree with. Why am I thriving while others suffer in abject poverty? What is so special about me?

Yet I have no choice but to keep moving forward and make the best of my existence in this broken society. Two years ago I fell in love with my soulmate and her three beautiful children. We have a child of our own now, my firstborn son named Huxley Alexander. Every day I fight to hang on to everything we have, so they can have a better life than I did. We’re the lucky ones, and I won’t ever allow myself to forget that.

It’s easy to get lost in the endless distractions, to numb yourself into blind servility, while the world crumbles around you. There are so many ways to forget who you are, so many excuses to help you justify yourself. So many reasons to hide, to disappear into self-delusions. But to stand and fight for what you believe in, that’s the essence of truth. It’s a dying form of expression that desperately needs to be revived.

I subscribe to the notion that people ought to discuss the world’s problems often, as openly as possible, and with the greatest objectivity. We shouldn’t feel afraid to speak our minds, just because a topic is considered taboo by the media, or the government. We should organize our thoughts into careful arguments and share our views with the world. This not only contributes to the ongoing discussion of issues, but it helps us refine our own views. My soulmate loves to remind me, “Writers have to write. It’s the damndest thing.” So this is me taking her advice and fighting for what I believe in.

I’ve had a passion for writing since the moment I learned how to write, and I carried that with me through my darkest hours. I built this website because I believe in the power of redemption. I believe that we still have time to change the course of civilization for the better. I believe in a future where all people live freely, without fear of starvation, living in war-torn countries, or dying of treatable illnesses because they can’t afford the treatments. I believe that’s a future worth fighting for.

No matter where you live in this world, you can see the impact that a global civilization has had. You can see the fruits of unbridled capitalism, and how that’s created the greatest economic inequality in the history of mankind. Living in a diseased society impacts us all in different, but similar ways. We’ve grown cold to the suffering of others. And we’ve become so distracted by our comfortable lives, that we’ve lost sight of reality. We’ve blinded ourselves to how easily everything could fall apart.

This website is a place for people to come together and face our issues, to admit our responsibility for contributing to the destruction of this beautiful world we call home. None of us is free of the burden of that responsibility. We’re in this together. We’ve gotten ourselves into a terrible mess, and now we have to find our way out. We have to find a way forward that ensures the best possible future for our children. This isn’t about us anymore, it’s about them, it’s about the generation of human beings being born right now that could live to see the day our planet becomes uninhabitable.

We owe it to them to change. This is the only world we have, and we can’t afford to lose it. Our societies, our way of life, and our survival as a species depends on it. This isn’t about us, it’s about the children of Earth. Many of them aren’t old enough to read or understand this yet, but one day they will be. One day they will know whether we had the courage to face reality.

I built this website for my son, Huxley Alexander, and his siblings. No matter what happens, I will never stop fighting for them. I will never back down, and I will never stop writing. Welcome to Writervism.

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