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Writers Need to Use Their Sense of Wonder to Ask Questions that Matter

Finn pondering what the doctor will do next at his third pediatrician appointment at eight-plus weeks in the world.
The great proto-environmental author, Rachel Carson, wrote: "If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."

As Japan suffers through its second most horrifying episode of nuclear disaster - the first being sixty-five years ago at the end of World War Two - writers need to ask questions.

Mine is this: I get that, at its best, nuclear energy is efficient and safe. But at its worst, it destroys with a power never before seen.

Why is it still being used? Why haven't the world's superpowers devoted themselves to grand sources of clean energy? To wind, to solar? Why? There are answers.

Today's writers need to ask their sense of wonder to ask serious questions, not simply dwell on the trivialities of so many on the Web. Ask the questions, demand the answers of the powers that be. Working writers should have a sense of justice. We need to address the questions of others - including children who cannot yet ask those questions.  Read More