JOHN CLARK SMITH - TAKING ACTION - SHORT STORIES
Most of the stories in this collection revolve around one theme: the need to change, to rebel, or to be courageous. Inevitably this means conflict with tradition, authority, or the status quo. The people in these stories do not sit still and wait for others to make the changes. They are, in different ways and degrees, activists, even if the change is so subtle only they may know it. The choices may be social, political, personal, spiritual or romantic. They can involve people of all ages, races, and religions. But the need to transform relationships, regimes, systems, traditions, and habits is common throughout. Of course, for each person who stands up for principles or who rebels against the old ways, there is a cost, sometimes a very steep cost.