“There is one purpose in writing that I can see, beyond simply doing it interestingly. It is the duty of the writer to lift up, to extend, to encourage. “If the written word has contributed anything at all to our developing species and our half-developed culture, it is this: Great writing has been a staff to lean on, a mother to consult, a wisdom to pick up stumbling folly, a strength in weakness and a courage to support sick cowardice. “And how any negative or despairing approach can pretend to be literature, I do not know.” – John Steinbeck, “Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters” Agree or disagree? Is the one purpose of writing to encourage, to lift up?