Is it just me, or is there really a growing reference to bartering? We already know it as one of the oldest forms of trade, and we are already aware that – especially in a world that is no longer comprised of close-knit communities, it is difficult to find the right match of what we have to offer and what we need in exchange. When I wrote my trilogy, The Secrets of Clayton County, my mind was probably more focused on the kind of community that was portrayed in all three books – that tight knit collective of people whose underlying purpose was using bartering as a way of supporting each other to avoid what our society ultimately experienced in the way of people having to actually rely on the government for their well-being.
Does it not strike you as one of those strange turn of events in life… we seek to manage ourselves with layers of humanity and Christianity, and we are literally forced by the government who is to support us, to refrain from a way of life that keeps us connected, honest, loyal, caring and essentially self-sufficient? I do not know whether in my writer’s heart and mind I was to convey that message in the Trilogy, but I am highly inclined today to make sure my ongoing messages do! I was not previously so cognizant of the bombardment of references to bartering; I see them around me every day – like large angry insects attempting to break through the quiet of the night sky – making themselves seen and heard.