25th March 1998
Although it is not evident at first, cultural norms must relate to moral principles. Society as well as individuals live in tension with the divine! Values underlying culture vanish unless they are reappraised and assimilated into the background of public discourse. A healthy society needs awareness of it’s shared religious, sacred values.
The great bulk of information produced daily can not aptly express or support these values. However, each generation has persons with the capacity to reach through the surface of events. Their view of our existence has the power to inspire others to Â think and act with clarity in the contemporary world. Sometimes this work is thought of as acquiring speculative knowledge. However, the potent ideas often come from outside the academically oriented efforts.
The materials important to inspiring others must shun a narrowness in ideology or discipline. Highly focused works are, of course, necessary to what we might term the disciplines in the hard sciences. Narrowness in ideology, though it may have commercial appeal, can hardly be valued on any other ground. Ideological narrowness tends to a conservatism of static ideals or a liberality that promotes Heraclitian change.
The spoken word is the most powerful means communication. However the written word, in book form, has historically been the most effective means of communicating cultural wisdom. Books have an increasing importance in this era of communications. Other media, that have grown so rapidly in modern times, do not show as much promise in the battle to promote, renew, maintain, develop and sift consequential ideas.
Publishing is allied to economics. Economic considerations have valid screening aspect. However, it is the nature of the economic process to exclude new and non-mainstream worthwhile thinkers.
SOLAS Press will edit, manufacture, and market books, without being solely constrained by their short-term marketability, which meet the following criteria:
- They are of enduring value or worthwhile contributions to contemporary thought
- They are written to be understandable to normally educated persons;
- They are not directed to a narrow discipline.