You know, I was just going over what I had written earlier about what it meant to be an American with my good friend Tobin and he pointed out to me that I wouldn't have this sense of pride were it not for our allies, the British. I know we started out this whole endeavor with the plan of opting out of the whole monarchy thing, but they've been our best allies and they've recently voted in a way that's hopefully going to be mirrored by our electoral process.
Anyway, Tobin pointed out that we had an obligation to vote for the difference rather than the same old same old if we wanted to really make a difference. I tend to agree.
Look, you have to understand what is going on here. You understand what is going on here, right? Your vote is being courted and you must understand who is courting your vote and why.
I don't pretend to be the most informed person out here, but I do believe you should do whatever is in your power to choose the candidate who most closely identifies with your own standards. Whether that be Democrat or Republican. That's up to you.
However, as is mentioned In my previous entries, I will truly do my best to ensure that whomever is calling out to me is personified in my entries herein. I cannot reveal directly whom I am endorsing due to the unwritten rules of the whole literary world, but I believe anyone reading my blog entries would surely be able to tell.
I wish you luck with your endeavors and I hope to speak with you soon.
On Being American
I just saw The Revenant. It reminded me a lot of Jeremiah Johnson. It also reminded me of what being an American meant. We fight for what we believe is right and we expect more of ourselves.
I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are made of strong character and strong morals. But that's what America is all about. You have to work to be an American. You have to want it more than anything. The people who make it here are those who strive to be their best. It's not easy. It takes work, hard work.
I think there are a lot of people out there who just don't understand what being an American means. Perhaps, I am wrong. Perhaps, there are plenty of people on there who work really hard and who believe they are owed something in this life? I don't know. I work hard. Yet, I do not expect anything I have not given from the world.
To expect something of the world is to believe one has contributed to the world. Have you contributed anything to the world? What have you contributed? Be honest, if not with me, then at least be honest with yourself.
Today, I saw a person make a pledge to a country to do certain things to help and protect that country. It made me feel proud to be an American, just listening to the speech. I think the world has forgotten what it felt like to have an exceptional standard for which it could strive. I want to be a part of that again. It was there when I was young., back when there was such a thing as American exceptionalism.
I remember saluting as the veterans of wars gone by passed by my family in small-town parades. I remember what that swelling feeling of pride felt like as I watched the soldiers in their outdated uniforms pass by. I hope I never forget it.
Those who take a knee during the playing or singing of our National Anthem cannot relate to me. I cannot be their target audience, for I would never disrespect those who have fought so hard for my freedoms. To those individuals and their families, I can only offer my heartfelt gratitude and sympathies for their sacrifices. You will forever be in my thoughts and I in your debt.
Tobin and I have discussed this in great detail and, although I have several friends who are of different races, creeds and religions, I still cling to the belief that America is the one place where anyone - and I mean anyone - can achieve his or her goals. No matter where you come from, what your personal beliefs, your background or whatever, you can become whatever you choose here... as long as you're willing to work for it.
I'm still working on getting my story out to you, the public. Hopefully, it will take no more than one or two weeks. I will keep the site updated.
Thanks for your support and I hope you'll send any and all questions and comments to me, either through this website or through Twitter so I can respond. I do so enjoy hearing from you.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Some Exciting News...
Someone asked me today why I chose to write a fiction series about the history of everything. Was I just jumping on the Hawking train? (I wish! As far as I can tell, I have absolutely NO aptitude for physics.) And although I had already "seen" the entire core of the series from beginning to end prior to meeting Tobin the Star Child, much of what I've learned and realized since meeting this unlikely individual has helped the story evolve into what it is today.
Recently Tobin and I were involved in a deep philosophical discussion, which is what we normally end up doing when we get together. On this particular occasion, as is often the case, I was struck by something Tobin said.
We were discussing the wide variety of people's thoughts on current events and Tobin said, "Everyone is at a different evolutionary stage, both in life and in their thought processes."
I had never heard it put that way, but I think it's an accurate statement.
When I was young - back when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth - we were taught to question everything and it's kind of stuck with me all these years. So when I "saw" the story the first time, I looked into things and was stunned by how few people now question what is being taught.
I'm not calling out anyone who believes the things the story contradicts. Just a short while ago the most highly-educated individuals on Earth believed the earth was flat, that it was the center of the Universe, that the Sun orbited the earth, etc. Should anyone call out those people? Of course not. The technology of the time, or lack thereof, was why they believed those things.
Today, newly-developed technologies have allowed us to discover hidden clues, never-before seen ancient archeological sites and more leading to a past possibly - if not probably - filled with evidence of visitations and possibly even interventions from intelligent beings NOT originally from Earth. Scientists have even surmised that there is at least one site where a nuclear explosion occurred... a nuclear explosion!
And to paraphrase the late Carl Eagan, how flippin' arrogant we are that we would think ours is the only planet in the Universe with intelligent life!
Before I'd met Tobin, the story I've written was just that... a story. But now that I've met this half-human half-not individual, the ideas and ideals in the story have become more. They're guideposts, scenarios asking, "What if...?"
Why did I write this story? Simply put, I had to. I was compelled to write it. It became my life. And now it's pulled Tobin in. He's so enthusiastic about getting the story out to the people, about seeing it through and helping me and others to see how we can learn from it that I can't imagine it without him anymore. For me, he has become an integral part of it.
And now for something new...
I'll finally be making Book One of the ENLIGHTENMENT series available at some point in the next weeks. So if you've ever wondered how people came to be here, what happens when we die, why we're here, if aliens really exist and just what's in store for the human race next, then you should read the ENLIGHTENMENT series. But be forewarned: Once you learn a thing, you cannot UNlearn it.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
Thanks for reading and please feel free to post a question or comment here. You can't imagine how much I love hearing from people who believe the same things as I.
Teagan Brody is author of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels. Her writing helps guide the people of Earth toward a better future. Her most common expression is, "What would Thomas Shelby do?"