Another day at the gym, another strange thought and conclusion...
The former head of the United Nations, Boutras Boutras-Ghali, once said that only stupid people do not change their minds. To prove that I am not stupid, I changed my mind about something today.
I often get upset by misuse of words and change to language, brought on by repeated misuse. I will no longer because, just like with every other aspect of life, there is no right or wrong to language. And, life is change. Over time, everything changes on this planet and has since the beginning (this is an equal opportunity fact, because it applies to science or creationism or intelligent design). Getting upset about minor language issues is a waste of emotion and just plain stupid. It will take me awhile to de-tox, but I will change.
Countless species of flora and fauna have evolved from a single cell (or from two folks in a garden in Iraq). The logical corollary is that myriad languages and innumerable dialects must have evolved from the first peep, squeak, or grunt. It is only natural for them to continue evolving, whether I like it or not. That does not mean that I will tolerate grammatical errors in my or anyone else’s writing. There are rules, you know.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.