Dharma is the belief that the universe has an inherent order. Basically, you repeatedly do things which lead you to develop habits. These habits make you fit into one or more section of society. Your place in the order of things then dictates the obligations you have to the people around you.
For example – if you hit people then you become a thug, go to prison and then learn how to become a real criminal, which obliges you to rob banks and go on the run before getting killed in a hail of police bullets. Alternatively, you could be helpful, become a policeman, which eventually obliges you to mow down bank robbers by means of a storm of lead.
Writers have the following obligations at the various stages of their writing life:
- Beginning. Learn how to write by both reading lots of books about writing, grammar, literature and the like. Maybe take a couple of courses on Creative Writing, join a couple of forums and writing clubs and read lots and lots of good writing. You then write lots of things and publish them so that you can get feedback on whether it is good enough or not. Ways of doing this without expense are: write a blog, publish on free platforms like Kindle Direct, Lulu and Smashwords or print it out and give a copy to all your friends and family. Write stuff, get it out there, make mistakes if you have to, and learn from them.
- Middle. Be a writer and promote the good of society. That’s all. Just that.
- End. Become so ticked off by your fame (or lack thereof) that you run away from everything and go to live in a cabin in the woods. You will then only wash and cut your hair (any hair) when you realise that you are frightening your dog by virtue of looking like a bear. In more advanced stages you may focus on cultivating enough spiritual power to be able to avoid choking the one fan/stalker that has maintained contact with you through all the years.
When all’s said and done, we all – no matter who we are, we have the obligation to open a can of whoop-ass on anyone who tries to hurt anyone else. By this I mean – be nice. That’s it.