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Our writing may turn to dust someday, but what we cannot know is how our words influence and affect those who read our work. Thomas Hardy may never have known it, but think of the countless readers who read “Far From the Madding Crowd” and as a result developed a deeper appreciation for the natural world. Words have meaning and sometimes consequences. They can change the trajectory of someone’s life, which in turn can influence society, and perhaps even history. This is why we must always choose our words wisely, as you have in today’s essay. Thanks, Clint.

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I was reading this morning and felt the same. We are so lucky to be able to consume curated thought of a lifetime.

This world is reading less and less.

They are missing old treasures.

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Well said. I absolutely agree. "Writing is something that I must do. I don't understand why, but it's an obsession, a drive I can't suppress."

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Thanks, Clint. I feel the same way about the necessity of writing, only I do enjoy the process as much as the product. There is something magical about it. It seems to draw upon a well within that we'd never have access to apart from the writing process.

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