Thank you for having me as your guest today. My name is Alecia Stone, author of the T.O.E. trilogy (YA Fantasy). I’m here to share my thoughts on the topic of books saving the world – okay, not literally saving the world but rather how they can steer the wheel in a direction that will hopefully result in a brighter future for generations to come. Before I ventured into writing novels, I didn’t really think about the true impact books had on the world. I was aware of the impact they had on people as individuals, whether it be you connecting with characters who are dealing with life experiences similar to your own or maybe you’re inspired to take action, to make a difference to a cause that’s important to you or a loved one, but the notion of how books affect the world never really penetrated my thoughts. After I wrote my trilogy, however, because of the focus of my books, that being Earth and the way in which we perceive the world, I was forced to delve deeper into the significance of books and their role in sustaining a thriving reality. Do books really have a major effect on how our reality is shaped? Do they form the consciousness of our world?
Well, absolutely. There is nothing more motivating or more informative than words. People take books more seriously than almost any other form of writing. After all, Darwin changed the way we think about the world with his book On Origin of Species, not to mention The Bible, the Qur’an, the Oxford Dictionary, to name just a few books that have paved the way for a more detailed exploration of existence, ideologies that we live by today. Could you imagine what the world would be like without these books or doctrines? I imagine you’ll find it hard to visualise a world not conditioned by the dominant philosophies of life as it is being taught today. Just try it. Think of something new. No, morphemes or portmanteaus are prohibited.
To conjure up something remotely original, you’ll have to delve into what you already know. Hence, a world without books is a world without oxygen. You can’t have one without the other. Books are a documentation of life, a timeline of the ages to condition humans towards constant progression. You can always refer to them as guidelines to interpreting reality so we can all communicate and build a world that can sustain our existence. Without books, we would always feel as though we’re floating in outer space, not having a purpose or a destination. Libraries are the earth’s Book of Life. Inside is all the knowledge of the known, and that knowledge allows us to explore the unknown. That exploration into the unknown is what we call change.
Yes, change can be a terrifying ordeal, but, as history has proven, it’s necessary for evolution. That’s not to say I believe that we evolved from apes, mind you. I’m just saying that if we wish to continue with progress (saving the world, so to speak), altering our beliefs occasionally is a necessity. Think about it. If we never embrace change, we’d still be walking around thinking the world was flat. But we’re not. Today, the world is round. Tomorrow, it could be something else. Who knows? If you do, please remember to write it down. Be a part of saving the world.