"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie
Writers tell stories to inspire and elicit emotions in people. Whether you're telling a horror story to show people that they can still get in touch with what makes their heart pound, or an action story where the hero saves the day to remind people that good triumphs over evil, or a romance story to get the blood pumping so people know what they want from love, you are changing people's minds about the world. That is our craft. We take massive ideas and worlds and concepts, distill them into a story, and package it in a way people are able to see what we see.
For all of those reasons, we as writers know the power of the written word. Power is a very abstract thing. For some it means persuasion of thinking. For others it means money and the influence in society it buys. Others still think of power as something wild and unbridled, out of control. In this case, power means that we are one community, a global society of those who understand all of the meanings to power from the stories we've read and written, and should come together to exercise it.
We are facing a global crisis. If it hasn't already turned into a catastrophe, it is careening towards those ends. We may not be politicians elected to serve interests. We may not be titans of industry who shape the future every day. We may not be scientists literally saving lives and furthering our grasp on the world around us. We do understand persistence, hard work and inspiration.
Let us put our minds together, work hard, persist through tragedy, sacrifice what we can, and use our inspiration to do whatever we possibly can to avert tragedy.