Questioning traditional families...
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Linda Carcavella
December 2014
Contributor
Written by
Linda Carcavella
December 2014
Hi everyone, To introduce myself, I must convey that, reading through some of your blogs etc, you all appear rather experienced in your writing. Coming from a very underprivileged background, which left me with disturbing injunctions that distorted my view of this world and left me with a jumbled, disordered thinking, such use of ease with language etc, I find excessively breathtaking, especially when listening to such experts with their eloquence... Having read up a bit on 'simplism' - the idea that whole institutions - the media, the political class, schools, churches etc - can and are contaminated by tradional thinking, which doesn't allow for much questioning, and that all these insituations are important indicators to life/society and that their propaganda ink, rarely gets fully qualified. That fascinates me. Having scrabbled around in the lower recesses of society for so long, and now with the intention of seeking out higher, more elevated ground, I seek for the 'real truths' in life etc, stripped from all the pomp and pomposity that can be confusing/misleading for people like me, when young, and flooded with a continuous diet of disseminated images/information, that might not be to our own advantage or wishes... Being a radical leftie on most things these days, I am aware that you have to 'play by the elites rules' in order to gain acceptance in this world. Tricky if you are an honest person like me. To know when to swallow your tongue, so to speak.. Not having had much formal education or instruction in this world, I can perceive I have a certain degree of talent/imagination from which to try and convey things that are important to me, but that won't 'rattle the establishment'. I think it was Tracy Chapman who penned the line:- 'we're not just telling stories'. Which is my aim and ambition. To make a name for myself so that I can write about things, in an 'entertaining way', things which may be disturbing or difficult for people to accept and recognise as 'the truth', so that they won't feel preached at by my suggestive characterisations/portrayals of the ugliness of some of this world we inhabit, all. I'm currently writing a simple tale of a love triangle with a twist, but am hoping that, should I be able to develop some sort of writing career, I will be able to process the distillation of life I have lived/observed, into more complex evaluations of relationships etc... That's the elevated dream I have of any potential writing career that might be beckoning towards me one day... Self-determination is what I strive for, having been brought up in a stiflingly humble working-class family, where most, including relatives, were suffering from stunted growth/learning difficulties and free-thought, non-existent. Thus, it is great that, hopefully, I will have the chance to engage with 'adult perspectives' on these issues, which has been denied to me for so long. Most who might be reading this most, probably won't connect with what I am writing, the sheer 'craziness' of lack of proper communication and behaviour that reigned supreme when I was young and which has had such a profound effect on me? That's been my problem for quite some time now, finding a platform I can develop and express myself on, with others who might recognise and appreciate such attempts at self-expression and ambition. Again, non-existent in my family circle etc. So that's my hope for the future I am trying to plan for myself. To carve out a career, status, wealth(!?) and acceptance from those who have been 'more fortunate' in the game of life and who might be able to provide me with advice, and indicators of how to capture the world's attention with just a few well-chosen, selected words to spin my tales out into glorious representations of, maybe one day, provocative tales. That's the 'American Dream' that this particular Brit has... Dream on...

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