In response to Writers, the fate of civilization is in your hands:
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
I agree with this. I think what Camus meant by it is that writers are the people who make us think about the future. Our own future, and the future of the world. How do they do this?
They do this through both fiction and nonfiction. Journalism and other nonfiction keeps us up to date with current events locally and throughout the world. It also provides analysis about what is happening and steps we can take to do something about various events. It also exposes wrongdoing.
But fiction may be even more effective. Fiction may not be real, but it still elicits a reaction. It makes the reader think about what could happen if events played out a certain way. It can be more effective if the events in the novel mirror what is happening in the world. If the reader can see the similarities, it can produce even more of a reaction. Fiction gives people courage to be themselves and speak up for what is right concerning different issues.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself by exposing what is going on in the world and making people aware of it, so that we can make changes and do what is right for everyone.