One of the major themes throughout the book, is that of prejudice and misconceptions of people, or things that are different than ourselves. I wanted to explore prejudice as a pervasive quality that most of us are unaware of, but think we have overcome. I wrote to explore not only prejudice but misconceptions that underlie many of our cultural beliefs, And to do it in both a humorous and engaging way.
Each character and scene in this book explores this from different angles, and hopefully makes us re-evaluate how we look at the world.
Inside and trapped?
Or outside and winging into freedom?
A bird imbedded? Or a bird imbued with flight?
I would like to give people some hope that all is not lost. We are ingenious creatures, and often all that is lacking is passionate, capable refreshing ideas imbedded in exciting stories to invigorate and begin to solve the most daunting of problems.
I suggest that the social and geopolitical problems twenty years from now will be at least as worrisome as they are now. Or that we will have been shocked into awakening the best in ourselves.
Our planet’s inhabitants require attention and work. We are beings whose structures constantly need maintenance, and even repair.
We have to hold up our end of the wall. No matter how heavy it gets.
We cannot drift off on social media as if we, humans, are the only life that counts.
All too often each of us resides in our own cell of consciousness. We construct a patchwork that becomes our reality as we collect bits of information and chunks of experiences and put them together thinking they make up a whole.
And they do make up a hole, but in a superficial way because they’re only Fragments that come to us randomly and are stitched together in a crazy quilted internet pattern cookied to our preferences.
Let’s shed light on those patterns and see ourselves afresh.
Fresh eyes, fresh outlook.
In The Elephant in the Room such an outlook comes together for at least three people who become role models for the possibilities of the future.
The wizened shaman in Medicine village, in his simple yet profound way, creates impressions by his actions and his unique purity.
Seemingly without effort, he generates a sense of belonging, community and healing to both the young Frenchman Claude and the Arabian Mosir.