When asked if I believe that the Writer has a responsibility beyond writing itself I replied: Yes.
When I was asked for specifics I replied: Protect language.
A Writer is human. A human affects everything around them. Including language. As I write this it is the first day of October 2018. The past week, the last week of September 2018 I saw, heard, and read things that gave cause for pause on my part because of the abuse inflicted on language by how language was used in regards to the nominee for the United States Supreme Court.
In order for language – spoken and written – to survive it must be protected, and that protection comes in the form of respect. Respect that recognizes and accepts that language must be a tool, and not a weapon. It must be used for the advancement,