Gregor, the main character in the incredible and important book, The Metamorphosis, is a symbol and representation of workers in mine and many cultures in the world. We are not just numbers, and our worth shouldn’t be focused around how much we are able to produce.
Humanity, indeed, does produce many amazing things throughout our history. But when we are working ourselves to the bone to make a living in which we can hopefully survive and at the same time are not treated as if our humanity matters, something is wrong.
Are we still human beings? Whether we can produce a ridiculous amount of GDP or not?
I submit that we are. And our value isn’t based on what the GDP is. It’s based on our humanity. Our living, breathing, unique beings that can create beautiful things, even without any monetary value.
We are losing our humanity. In our social media and cyber world. Dehumanizing each other has become rampant in our day.
Let’s not forget we are all worthy and made in His Image. Living life with joy and purpose supersedes topping the GDP numbers.
I don’t know if you have been following the news regarding the state of our economy, but it isn’t good. In fact, it’s terrible, tragic, and unacceptable.
Why do I say unacceptable?
Well, let me just back track for a moment.
A few reports in 2019 showed that there was a lot of dumping of cash and assets into venues such as banking institutions and other big corporate entities to try and stave off another bad recession.
We never seem to learn from our mistakes.
Maybe it’s because the majority of this country’s leaders/those in power are too full of pride/arrogance and greed, blinded by their own passions/sins.
Having heard that Trump has basically pulled the plug on any stimulus package getting out to the millions of people struggling in our country until after he’s re-elected IS the nail in the coffin for Trump.
He will not be re-elected, along with those in congress who have done diddly squat and don’t give a damn about the average American, for which there are too many.
However, back to why this horrible economic situation is unacceptable and a disgrace.
People could still be working to this day if Trump and our congress had enacted an emergency UBI throughout this pandemic and economic crises.
No. Instead, they dug their heels in to keep padding those with enough money to end world hunger and are living well throughout this devastating year.
In other words, the majority of wealthy American who didn’t need the extra money got plenty, while our government allowed working class and middle class citizens to lose their jobs and with that, their livelihood.
The fact that suicides are going up isn’t a coincidence. Whenever the economy drops, around 40,000 people die from what I heard through news reports.
Despair, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and plain exhaustion are weighing down people, and for so many, it’s too heavy a weight to bear.
So, unless something is done about all the people going hungry, losing a place for them to live, to basically survive, this situation will only become catastrophic, and God help us if that happens…although it’s already started.
A UBI should have been enacted by March 2020.
They still need to do this or come up with a real stimulus to help the average Americans and small businesses.
Personally, I think the UBI would be the most secure and solid, especially using Andrew Yang’s idea of that money being collected from big tech companies’ sales that uses our personal data to make money they gather every hour of the day. We deserve dividends on that.
May God enlighten our leaders, soften their hearts, open their minds to the plight of those suffering all around the country, and do their jobs to help turn this ship around before it sinks.
Today, I received a two-star rating on my debut novel, Passage of Promise. It was my first two-star review out of twenty that have been mostly five and four stars.
As a newly-published author, I expected to receive some ratings that judged my work mediocre. It is part of the life of an author.
Even top, best-selling authors get one-star and two-star reviews, some, unfortunately, with a few nasty remarks. It’s par for the course in the realm of the author’s world, as I said.
Experienced authors have always given the advice to newer authors that they must grow thick skins and not take reviews that aren’t spectacular to heart.
I found the two-star anonymous reviewer’s comments pretty fair. Not everyone is going to like my storyline or my writing style.
This is natural.
As a reader myself, I too, pick up books to read, and come to the same conclusions. Although, if I don’t like the writing style, I don’t buy the book, so I may be even more picky than my two-star reviewer!
The latest book I bought and am having a struggle getting through, I read the first few pages on Amazon and tended to like it because I thought the writing style was pretty good.
But I admit now that the storyline so far has been dragging, and I’m finding it easy to set down the book. The story just isn’t drawing me in to the point where I feel compelled to keep reading it.
Therefore, I understand everybody’s tastes are different, and that each author has her/his niche readers. And that’s good enough for me.
New writers out there and newly-published writers, don’t be discouraged if or when you may get a negative or lower-starred review. Count it as a good thing.
There are three things good about even two-star reviews that are somewhat negative, especially the one I received:
The comments weren’t really insulting.
The person took the time to leave a review.
You learn what each reader gleans from your novel.
For someone who doesn’t really have a high self-esteem, I do know my writing is good, that my stories are worth sharing, and I appreciate the feedback.
Newly-published writers, keep writing and keep publishing your work. There are enough readers out there for each of us.