Write Letters, Dear Friends!

Too much information & too much visual instruments have made us lazy & careless. Our brain is always I-washed and step-by-step humanity loses knowledge of the genuine art. Especially of the one that used to be called literature. At present a book publishing is a growing global trend, that, unfortunately, menaces to erase the true sense of such a wonderful & sophisticated phenomenon as writing.

There are too many of those who believed to be born real writers…but they are not. There are too many books that should have never been published even in e-format…because they are real rubbish… And there are too many people who promote writing… when their main goal is only to have a profit from these poor “genii“. All that destroys literature as a genre and it’s time to accept this fact.

To write the book is a big responsibility, I would say too big. For, first of all, it’s a responsibility before God. All our thoughts, ideas, feelings we put in our work are evidences of our outlook and if our moral level is too low, that good writing heritage we could leave to this world? At the same time, the problem of an excessive rubbish publishing must be regarded from another curious point of view: many people write simply because they are lack of self-expression. And they are lack of self-expression because we don’t write letters anymore. Remember, Esteemed Readers, especially those who are already of the advanced age & full of wisdom, there was time when people communicated via letters. They spent hours describing, discussing, arguing something with somebody on paper. They trained their brain, handwriting & patience too. And it always brought its fruit: sooner or later their correspondence became a brilliant piece of a true, alive history.

To write books or not to write – that decision one must make realizing all the consequences, while to write a letter is a great tradition that gives us much more than we expect. We should not give it up, otherwise sooner or later words themselves will disappear & we will remain mute.

Maria KethuProfumo


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26 Responses to Write Letters, Dear Friends!

  1. manoloprofe says:

    Una carta es intriga y esperanza; es esa alegría o tristeza íntimas que se expresan en sonrisa complacida o lágrimas solitarias. 🙂 🙂

  2. Pupazzovi says:

    Hai proprio ragione…..
    Un saluto 😀

  3. Words of wisdom and food for thought… 🙂 Sharing… xo

  4. Dear Maria, I’ve dedicated several years in research and writing to complete my second novel. I sincerely hope that it’s not rubbish. Should I succeed in having it published, I hope that readers would find it inspirational and insightful.

    • kethuprofumo says:

      C’mon dear Rosalien! I have no doubt that your novel is the thing. Besides you are a teacher yourself. And this profession impacts well on writing. My post is dedicated to those who have no talent, who waste paper, time etc. & publish senseless or dangerous books. What is your novel about? I’m myself is to publish finally! And I also have worries what readers will say. 🙂

      • You spoke in such general terms, Maria, that I felt compelled to state my case 🙂
        My novel is about a young nun’s journey to self-determination in a patriarchal world.
        What is your book about?

  5. Very well said. Great post.

  6. smilecalm says:

    Dear Maria,
    Your point rings true and touches
    a truth that I, too, experience!
    May there again become a time
    when people practice writing
    what is real, true, and worthy
    of being read 🙂

  7. I still send postcards to friends, especially so if I visit a new City or location. I love to receive postcards too, although like you say not many people of my generation do them or handwritten cards anymore.

  8. Cecilia says:

    I wrote a book – seemingly just for my own pleasure, no publisher is interested in it – but it was a great experience! Thank you for your post, very inspiring!

  9. ateafan says:

    Oh this is so close to my heart. I love letters, I love writing them, I love reading them and I love to read books that are a compilation of letters. Mostly it was woman’s work to write the letters and so much domestic history is recorded in our personal letters. Pen-friends are thing of the past thanks to social media but we could start writing letters again as a way to save the genre … it’s just finding people interested in letter writing … it takes longer than an email. 😦

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Great comment, my Dear Tea Friend! It gives so much hope that no artificial technology will break those pretty old traditions we have. Besides, at present it is a real fun to track the letter’s traveling. It is another wonderful journey, full of emotions and expectation! Have a nice tea day! 🙂

  10. fulvialuna1 says:

    Concordo con te quando dici che c’è troppa letteratura spazzatura…libri davvero assurdi, superficiali, che vengono letti da migliaia di persone e anche con buone recensioni. Che tristezza!
    Scrittori che raggiungono l’apice con un libro e poi non se ne sente più parlare…mha!!!
    Scrivere lettere era bellissimo, io e il mio amico Jak lo abbiamo fatto per diversi mesi durante il suo viaggio in Islanda,è stato meraviglioso e faticoso allo stsso tempo, ma sono un grande tributo alla nostra amicizia, le conserveremo per sempre.

  11. theburningheart says:

    When I was a child (When computers, and communication as it exist today we didn’t even fathom)
    We were taught at school to write letters, and keep the on file, my father traveled for a living and he was surprised to receive, few letters from me, from the many he missed, as he moved along, since mail was slow.
    However as I left home start an epistolary relationship, with parents, brothers, and friends, of which few really followed up, to my dismay.
    And with the advent of quick communications, am afraid epistolary relationships, are gone the way of the Dodo…
    For the past 31 years lived in a city where everybody seems to have the flimsy goal, of becoming successful, one way or another one, with little regard to their skills, or preparation for such a task, and therefore their mediocre, or really bad output, in whatever field they look for fame, or money, the perennial obsession, a common malady, that its here to stay, I am afraid.

    Great post Maria. 🙂

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Oh,well, dear Mr. Brigido, not all people are like that. Great tradition of letter writing will never fade until there are those who comprehend its importance & its value. Thanks for telling your experience. Indeed letter writing is a very special art & very helpful for email writing nowadays! 🙂

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