The motivation of writing something down in an essay, story or book form can be numerous and varied. One may cite a few as examples: 1. Enjoy writing and exercising creativity and/or imagination, many unpublished stories and essays belong to this category. 2. Keep a record on certain significant matters so one may recall later, diaries and notebooks are this type of writing. 3. Express thoughts on something or to someone privately not appropriate to make it public or not willing to share with the ‘someone’, many poems, love letters and memoirs are written this way. Of course, there are many more reasons for people to write an unpublished paper in various forms, for example, a serious comment on a subject, an emotional farewell speech to the world or even a secret will for settling financial assets after one’s death .....
When people write and publish as an author, the initial motivation can be quite different but it converges during the process. The factors cited in the above paragraph may be a part of the initial motivation, but once the writing is destined to be a publication, the real motivation is almost invariably transformed to the following single key factor, that is the desire to have the ‘to be published writing’ read by as many people as possible. While an author is motivated to write and publish for readership, gaining fame, making money, exerting influence or receiving self-satisfaction may be a hidden purpose under such a motivation. However, whatever purpose an author has in mind, his writing inspiration, energy for hard work and attention to publication details are ultimately fueled by the readership that he hopes to get for his publication.
Whether you are a regular or occasional reader of Dr. Wordman’s columns, you may wonder what are the author, Dr. Wordman’s motivation and purpose of publishing his columns and his books which are edited together from his columns? Honestly, this is a question I often ask myself before. Now that I have the answer, that is, I have ‘a strong desire to inform my readers about the current events and significant changes happening in this world and I also hope, through my publications, to influence my readers in their understanding of our changing world. This desire gets stronger as I read and recognize more and more that our media contain a tremendous amount of fake news and untrue reports, especially in the area of international relations and world events. This is why I always use the phrase ‘Mainstream and Organic Views’ as sub-title in my columns and books.
Then you may ask whom or what kind of readers I desire to reach with my writings? This is an easy question to answer but it is a big desire difficult to fulfill. First, I desire to reach American readers, especially the young and senior citizens who are most vulnerable to mass media’s brain wash through their fake news and untrue reporting. Second, I desire to reach immigrants in the U.S., especially Chinese immigrants in this country. I believe that the U.S.-China Relations have a great impact on American people (including Chinese Americans of course) and their lives and prosperity in America. Third, I also desire to reach all Chinese young people in China and worldwide who can read English. It is my sincere hope that I have many readers who will read my writings and gain a clear understanding of ‘mainstream and organic media views’ regarding the US-China relations and the two countries’ current and historical events, since a friendly relationship of the two great nations is not only important to Americans and Chinese for their mutual benefit but also significant to all world citizens regarding their future prosperity.
Currently, there are many issues confronting the U.S.-China relations. First, there is the trade war between the U.S. and China with lots of rhetoric on blames and few honest analyses on how and why China, a socialist country seriously embracing capitalism, and the U.S., a capitalist country struggling to adopt and manage some socialistic programs, all for the benefits of their citizens, cannot understand each other’s economic system and needs to develop and adopt policies to collaborate for mutual benefits. Second, there is a blame game and accusation on each nation’s currency policies but few honest dissertations on how to manage the U.S. federal budget and national debt problem which seriously destroy the credibility of the U.S. dollar and cause concern of China in keeping the value of her hard earned foreign reserve. There seems to be more discussion on disengagement with China than cooperative and constructive dialogues to ease the tension between currencies and strengthen the management of the World Bank’s currency basket to charter a stable evolution of global monetary system.
Since the end of WW II the U.S. has contributed significantly to manage world stability but not without having numerous wars and conflicts which drained the U.S. treasury. Is moving into isolationism a solution to the U.S. domestic problems? Is retreating from engagement with fast rising China a right strategy benefitting the U.S.? Is fast development in China sustainable and at what cost? Must exporting American system and way of life be maintained as a U.S. strategy and at what cost? Is the United Nations a dysfunctional organization that the U.S. must exit? Should China be encouraged to contribute more to world peace keeping or viewed as an expansionist exerting her influence worldwide? Should the U.S. spend more on military budget which inevitably would stimulate arms race? Is pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord a good policy for the U.S. without hurting her in the long run? Why are the natural disasters such as storms and quakes occurring more frequently today? Why aren’t we work together to prevent global warming and improve our environments? Why can’t the great powers collaborate and resolve to stop the nuclear threat? Why can’t we put a lid on military spending and mandate nations to devote funds for economic development?
The above questions are just a few current issues among many more that are confronting the world. The world certainly could cooperate more in dealing with our clean energy needs, human medical care, environmental protection, peaceful space exploration, etc. etc. The U.S.-China Forum will continue to discuss these issues. I urge the readers of this column to join the Forum in its effort to propagate the right messages to a broader audience regarding current events, international relations and how the world may better understand each other and collaborate to solve our problems. With everyone’s effort, we will have a better world to live in and a brighter future to look forward to!