Why Writers Write

Ran across this quote from George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm):

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”

How true! While I certainly hope that Defiled is entertaining, the point was to draw attention to the fact that just because our justice happens to be the American Justice System, doesn’t make it perfect. Using an everyday example (divorce) I hoped to expose some of the system’s flaws, imperfections and inequalities. A system designed 230 years ago for thirteen sparsely populated, agrarian colonies isn’t necessarily appropriate for our modern condition. To make matters worse, the system now sags under the weight of illogical legislation and regulation piled on top of her year after year by well-intentioned¬†legislators who are often out of their depth when constructing the laws by which the rest of us must live.

Our statutes would benefit from a thorough review and rewrite to cope with a complex society.

Happy New Year!

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