This blog is about creativity. The plan is to promote and support the many artists I’ve enjoyed meeting since I moved to New York last year. The goal is to help those who use their imaginations to create something get their creations out there: authors, musicians, playwrights, artists and others. But first things first…
I’ll begin with The Bible.
Genesis – “The Beginning.” Genesis begins “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But what happened next?
Because the Bible has been intelligently designed, the order of the books is as important as the writings those books contain. After Genesis, the second book is Exodus, which literally means the road out. God’s message is pretty clear:
First we begin; then we come out.
“Life as a journey.” Probably the most common theme in literature, next to “Good vs. evil” and often those two themes are combined. Journeys are about leaving one place (the Exodus) and finding another – hopefully better – place, like The Holy Land.
Joseph Campbell wrote extensively about the meaning of literature and mythologies’ many references to the “journey” theme in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. As he points out, in every religion or mythology, there are many journeys – becoming a man, becoming a woman, finding oneself, the hero’s adventure.
One journey that has captured the nation’s attention over the last few decades has been the journey out of the closet of denial about one’s sexual orientation.
But there are many ways to come out. When my friend Shannan first contacted me, she described leaving fundamentalism as her own form of “coming out” and that description has resonated with me in many other ways. Some have come out of bad relationships. Others have come out of addictions.
My latest coming out has been challenging and I’m not done yet. For the last few years I’ve described myself as a lawyer / writer but secretly I clung to the “lawyer” part because being a writer is terrifying. Well…in a coming out of sorts, with a 2-year old memoir and a novel on the way, it’s pretty hard to deny I’m a writer. But I still practice law even though it’s not what I want to do. I feel like I’m stuck in the Red Sea crossing, with Pharaoh’s army closing in behind and the walls of water about to come tumbling down. Melodramatic? Perhaps. To quote a line from a favorite new musical of Jonathan and mine, “I don’t know where this metaphor’s going, but I felt it just had to be said.” It illustrates the point.
And of course, today… I’m “coming out” as over 40, perhaps the most frightening “coming out” for any gay man in America. But hey, in the movie version, Moses is over 40 and he looks hot.
Next blog … the Exodus perversion.