This is a serious question aimed a the constant barrage of articles and books that everybody is producing.
I'm not denying the need to address new topics freshly in writing. But I want to offer some thoughts to temper the copious production of written and electronic material.
First, there is nothing new under the sun. The ideas you want to publish are usually old insights which are expressed better in some existing volume. Don't you have an obligation to your audience to share that superior formulation rather than heralding inferior expressions of the same ideas?
Second, by adding to the world's store of written material, you may actually be creating a knowledge liability. Every book contains a degree of error, which is very costly to correct once published. Furthermore, very book repeats in part what has already been written, wasting the reader's time and effort as he sorts through what is new and what is old. In these ways more writing is a barrier to knowledge.
Third, due to the ease of publishing by means of the word processor and the Internet, the most inferior writing and obscure, rudimentary thoughts are freely disseminated. This is costly to consume, and offers the reader no return. The inefficiency of the printing press ensured that unclear, unedited material was stopped in manuscript form.
"...of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh." Ecclesiastes 12:12
The threat writers pose to truth is more real now than ever. So let's be part of the solution, you and I, pledging not to obscure knowledge with redundant, unclear, and useless written material.
Related to "Why Write?" is the question "Why Do People Write?" Here are a few reasons not to write: To defend your previous erroneous assertions. To gain reputation and personal fame. To make money - for if money is primary, truth is not.
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