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When to write a book?

"You should write a book about that"...a common in response to an experience shared with another...but should I? What makes a story so compelling that it needs to be authored and published?

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  • Apr 23 2013: High gang --
    I've had numerous "thumbs up" responses from some really good writers.
    and I was thinking before I cranked up my computer.

    Why is there no "Department of Prevention" in our Governments ???

    If anyone out there thinks this would be a great topic to expand upon,
    please, please, take the time to answer me, or give me a "thumbs up".

    If you feel we are all without hope in this area. Speak up.
    Show your writing skills.
    Thank you all.
    • Apr 24 2013: I think that would be a great topic to expand on indeed. In altruistic theory, that seems that it would be a needed department. But, how would it fit into the economic scheme of things? Money wise, politically wise, etc.
      • Apr 24 2013: Sarah, thank you.
        The precondition of a civilized society is the barring of physical force from social relationships—thus establishing the principle that if men wish to deal with one another, they may do so only by means of reason: by discussion, persuasion and voluntary, uncoerced agreement. -- Ayn Rand
        Ayn Rand is usually not the spokesperson one would use in this instance, but she has a point here.

        After watching most of the 20th century and now 13% of the 21st, I am sickened of War, and the continuous nuclear threatening.

        A more sound action by Governments would take away any threat of War as the means of reaching agreement.
        On a more basic level -- Women do not enjoy getting beat by their husbands and have taken actions to change laws that help to stop the violence. Seems appropriate to this discussion.
        Economic scheme? Money wise? Politically wise?
        Losing economically, money wise, and politically wise is not something to fight a War about, or to be used as excuses for killing and maiming men, women, and wee children.

        I pray dear lady that you can agree.
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      Apr 24 2013: Many governments do have "Department of Prevention" they just go by other names.
      Many countries have freedom of the press, but those you don’t do have a "Department of free speech Prevention". And the same goes for all other freedoms, education, travel, religion, etc. and of course freedom from slavery and imprisonment.

      The question should be how can we convince all governments freedom is better for them, then prevention.
      • Apr 24 2013: Don, thank you.
        I strongly believe
        ALL Governments should give up War.

        Perhaps we should consider Restricting Government Actions.
        I we can. And today that is doubtful. As long as they have control of 100% of the media 24/7/365 from election to election.

        We stopped the "Draft".
        But Washington DC just keeps on "Making Wars".
        They always have a new excuse.
        "They Blame Someone for Doing Something Really Bad."
        They calling another Government head Bad Names.
        Then Make War on poor Nations who cannot fight effectively.

        We citizens buy this perfumed garbage and cheer our sons and daughters as they go forth to kill and maim and to be killed and maimed.
        The word "hero" is today a label added to a casket.
        But has anyone noted -- That the media, no longer show the returned "Hero's" or their caskets, on the nightly news.
        We have all become callused.
        The United Nations was created to stop this kind of thing.
        But it quickly became controlled by the Bully Boys, with the Biggest Bombs.

        I have to stop now. I quickly get out of control.

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      Apr 25 2013: But there are departments of prevention in all governments, they're just preventing different phenomena. Sometimes sickness, sometimes health of threatening nations, sometimes war, sometimes peace among potentially strong, rich and influential nations. Depending on the situation. But in general what they are trying to prevent is what they, for different reasons, perceive as threatening to their own power, power of their allies or the power of those who got them where they are. It may be for the greater good but... is it? Time will show. Or not. Luckily, there are U.N. Charters.

      Why not starting a new debate about this here on TED, Frank?


      • Apr 25 2013: Anna, thank you dear..
        I just did start a new debate with a query.
        It is my first one, and I probably made a mistake or two
        getting started. Oh, well, we can only try.

        Government Officials unfortunately are peopled by men and women who think they have been given a right to subject lesser peoples to their will. In America, we citizens regard this as folly, on the part of the Government "employee". But it actually isn't folly at all. It exists. And as such deprives all of us of freedoms.

        Not all government employees think this way. And most all of them are honest and forthright and helpful and considerate.
        Just as long as we let them take their coffee break on time and don't mind standing there and being ignored while they do so.

        But when we look upon the Elected Officials, things change.
        We're suddenly aware that we've created a monster. Arrrugh!!
        I had better stop here. I am getting out of control.

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