A Magazine for Culture and Literature
Volume 1, Issue 1
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by aLfie vera mella
(A Magazine for Culture and Literature),
Volume 1, Issue 1.
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Perhaps originating from 'littérateur' or 'literatus,' the word lit’terariat
came to my mind in 1998, when I began my quest to uncover the story of a visionary—the Lit’terariat—who devoted most of his life to learning and eventually documenting the diverse cultures of his homeworld, in the hope of not necessarily creating a single, unified culture and beliefs for everyone but influencing every inhabitant to understand and respect the cultures and faiths of others without necessarily renouncing his/her own.
I never realized until recently that I have inevitably become the primary character in the story myself. I have become a lit’terariat whose days and nights are being solemnly devoted to unraveling further what are out there to be learned and to be shared with others—and who is hoping to foster understanding and mutual respect among races despite idiosyncrasies and peculiarities.
I dream of a better world—not one that has only one color, language, culture, God and beliefs but a world like where we live—diverse, multicolored, multilingual, multicultural, and polytheistic—but where people take time to “speak” each other’s “language” so they can truly begin to accept one another’s differences without ignorance and prejudice. That for me is the ideal world, where I would love children and the young at heart to feast, frisk, and frolic.
I, the Lit’terariat