Since the beginnings of our organized society, the way we have given honor and credence to thoughts, ideas, parables, edicts, and even our own daily history has been to write them down. And, when we wanted to disappear any trace of that history, those same writings were erased, destroyed and ignored. They were wiped out of our social and intellectual existence.
The term, Sacred Texts, does not solely apply to religious doctrines and the selected works of political processes. Indeed, Sacred Texts are the all-inclusive writings of society. Those instructions, parables, and poems guide people through the important crevices of life and living. The recounted stories, testimonies, songs, and decisions deemed worthy of honoring through the immortality of the written word bring meaning to our lives. They have been recorded in a lexicon that should and will survive time immemorial.
We look to our Sacred Texts to learn, to discover, to compare and contrast our thoughts and ideas; and we use them to establish acceptable norms within our society. Still today, we are searching in earnest for the lost writings of cultures long since dead because we are certain that we can learn more from them through the Sacred Texts they have left behind; and perhaps in so doing, learn more about what the future may hold for us.
Consider the fact that our society now deems it unacceptable to burn books. The acknowledgement that this is an act of desecration, no matter if we agree with the pages or not, reinforces this concept of Sacred Texts. It’s not only religious books that we no longer burn; it’s children’s books, novels, academic texts, political manifestos, and even the personal writings of those who have committed atrocities beyond our scope of understanding. Why don’t we destroy these writings any longer? Because we have discovered that the learning we can garner from them is sacred. The replication of evil can be averted if only we read and remember. To burn, to abolish, and to ignore invites us down a slippery slope of repetitious evil. And, to perpetuate the exclusion of any text based on emotional comfort, propagates the potential for that evil to subsist.
Consider the rule of law. If a word is omitted from the legal record, it is viewed as never having existed, never having been said. Sacred Texts show us how to live; what is acceptable, and what is not. Sacred Texts establish consequences for action; reinforce our societal success stories; and encourage growth and peace through intellectual evolution. Sacred Texts entertain, inform, remind, record, and provide an instructional legacy for those who come after us.
Consider the multitude of stories you read as a child and into your young adulthood; how have they shaped your life? Even though you perceived them as pure entertainment at the time, the writings on those pages held the teachings that, before you read them, or they were read to you, were not a part of your social and intellectual understanding. Through Sacred Texts of every variety we offer our children the values of friendship, teamwork, acceptable manners, courage, perseverance, imagination, investigation, experimentation, communication and commitment.
Grey Wolfe Publishing believes that what you write is SacredText. We see it as our calling to ascribe reverence to your written word through the partnership of our publishing process; and in so doing, create a legacy that will last generations.
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