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Why Copyleft?

June 20, 2021

An interesting conversation growing from my recently published novel, The Madness of Sara Mansfield (link in bio), is people wanting to discuss why I’ve put it out as Copyleft.
I love this. I love that people are thinking about the implications, and want to talk to me about it.

The main response I get is people worrying that I’ve spent six years writing a book only to leave it wide open to interpretation, that someone else could take the book and make a profit from it in some way and there’s nothing I can do about it.

My response is to ask you to sit with that discomfort. Really pull that awkward feeling into yourself and imagine not just that it’s my book, but that it’s your creation being taken and used by someone else and you have no control over it.

I wonder if we can then take that empathy and emotional intelligence and expand it to begin to touch on the understanding that is how we treat every tree we plant for harvest, every animal we artificially birth, every body of water we dam, and every piece of land we develop.

All of this world is joyful wild creation, so utterly priceless, resonating with sublime beauty, and yet we claim all these things that don’t belong to any One because the truth is that this world belongs equally to every species under the sun and moon.

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