Sunday, November 17, 2013
I must remain the captain of my own soul
A Sunday school teacher today brought up the poem “Invictus” by British poet William Ernest Henley, concluding with the quote, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
He mentioned that not only did Mandela use that quote, but also so did Timothy McVeigh before he was executed in 2001.
He also mentioned the song “My Way” popularized by Frank Sinatra. “I did it my way.”
And so it is with me. I barge ahead, insisting that I develop and publish media “my way”, to tell the complete story, without any changes demanded by others that would convey a different meaning.
There was some advice in “Writer’s Digest” one time around 2001, “Write what other people want.” Trade publishers (and literary agents like the late Scott Meredith) talk about “Writing to Sell”, rather than writing to tell the truth.
And in the job market, some time in early 2002, after my days of being sheltered as an “individual contributor” had ended, I would be told, “We give you the words”.
I can be effective as a person only if I follow my own plan, my own paradigm. That is how it is. The media projects must be completed, in a manner that is logical for how I started them. There will be changes to the websites, which will make it easier for someone to navigate all my work since I started it. But it must be completed as I started it. I don’t use other people’s money. Until I do, people will have to respect how I work, for myself. I cannot be drafted or recruited for someone else’s cause, and likewise I can’t recruit others.
These comments continue a discussion started Oct. 30.