Throughout the earning of my psych degree my fascination with perspective grew. We are products of our perceptions, we live within them, grow based upon them, and relate to people as our perspectives either meld or clash. And have you ever tried to explain your perspective to someone when it clashed with theirs? Oh man. You know, the person who clings so hard to their beliefs that their knuckles turn white and their face turns purple, and they start to hate you for trying to show them anything other than what they already know?
Now, this may just be my perception, but as readers and writers, I think we generally tend to be more open-minded. We read in order to understand other perspectives, to experience what we might never have had the opportunity--or may have been so blessed as to never had--to experience. What I'm wondering, is how often do writers set out to change perspectives, or does it just happen sometimes?
The first original story I ever really intended to finish--the one that's closest to being complete--explores the story of a girl who is bullied in school for being gay, but when she comes home, she is bullied just as much by her religious parents. She ends up running away from home. I started this book over three years ago, but I keep coming back to it adding some more, editing, intending to finish it. Even if I never try to publish it, I feel compelled to write it. To complete her story. To share it with someone, anyone, who might relate or feel less alone by reading it. I didn't start writing it because I wanted to change anyone's perceptions, but because once it was in my head I felt compelled to tell it.
Do you ever write to enlighten a potential reader to a new perspective? Have you ever read something that changed something you thought or believed?