After writing for myself for 24 years first to help me through a difficult divorce and later because I loved the creatively, I decided to publish for two reasons. The first I felt that the basis of the series, Justice, Righteousness and Faith were far too important subjects to be left hidden in my computer. The second reason was to honor my late wife. It was her life and death that changed me so radically to make it possible for me to develop my potential and make it into a reality.
One can lecture on any subject and some people will hear you and understand. On the other hand a good storyteller can weave his trade into an unusual method of teaching. Once you get caught up in the lives and emotions of the characters of the story, it is much easier to open people to ideas and concepts.
An audience and the storyteller are similar in many ways to a parent and his children. If a parent tells his children not to steal, but he is constantly cutting corners and barrowing things from work, then the child quickly understand that words are cheap. It is the same with characters in a story. If they are not credible, then you will frowned upon them. However, if the characters that you develop practice what they preach then you can get your audience’s attention.
The characters in my stories may seem just a little too big to be believable, yet if one delves deeper and learns what man’s true potential is through his spiritual development then you come to the realization that my characters all fall within or just barely outside what is humanly possible.
Western culture and society does not encourage the development of the soul. In fact, it does the opposite. Worry about the immediate pleasures and don’t worry about the future. Think about yourself and what is good for you. This is what all the advertisers are telling us as they try to sell us every possible thing under the sun to fill the void in your life because of the lack of spirituality in your life.
Now that Cannabis is legal in Colorado and people can get high whenever and wherever they feel like it, they have a means of temporarily filling the hole in their lives. However, when the effects of the drug wears off, their lives are still empty and without reason.
Man is an unusual creature, he has one foot in the physical world and the potential to have the other in the spiritual world. It is a matter of freedom of choice. The Holy One Blessed be He created Man with the ability to choose between good and evil, right and wrong, the mundane and the spiritual. It is a conscious choose one takes: the investment by the individual of their time and effort. No one else can give you something spiritual in your life. It is something you cannot buy on the shelf, or hire someone to do it for you.
In the Hoshiyan Chronicles, I have given my characters challenges to overcome and many of them have a very spiritual aspect to them. We see how they develop and how they change. This concept is seen in the short story of the arrow that did not fly straight. Man has the capacity to reach a spiritual level in which he can defy the laws of nature. Through Justice, Righteousness and Faith, human beings can alter their reality; however, one must be willing to invest the time and effort to make it come to past.