THE HERETIC by Andrew Feder: “…like an artist sketching his rendering on canvas.”


First having been personally regressed so I wanted to create a story connecting past lives. I also have been intrigued with history since my youth. I chose the Alexander the Great period, because Alexander fascinated me with his military and political strategies which were so far ahead of his time. But during my research, I realized that his personality has lightly been dealt with—so I furthered my research of Alexander about his personal life’s events and his own idiosyncrasies. During my research I found him still a teenager emotionally but a prodigy like I said well ahead of his time. So that became the start but only the start. I researched Greece & Crete along with Alexander for about a year before I finally sat down and wrote “The Heretic.” And when I began to write like watching a movie, it was drawn from my images into paper like an artist sketching his rendering on canvas.

Alexander the Great was a truly unique conqueror and leader, because he utilized political beneficiary as one of his main tactics to gain control of a country. He would allow the people to retain their satraps (leaders) in place as governors while also allowing the people to maintain their customs and religious beliefs and yet maintained control by virtue of his benevolence. This strategic political method was certainly well ahead of his time. Alexander was not ethnocentric and also believed that all people were the same without any ethnic or racist or religious superiority beliefs—something that even the Romans felt—Romans were superior to all others and so on. Also Alexander’s aspiration to unite people as one without any fascist or racist policy such as a belief that the Greeks would be above all other people including those he conquered was certainly a unique philosophy well ahead of his time. And notwithstanding, his military accomplishments in so little time at such a young age is beyond anyone’s accomplishments in world history. And his historical accomplishments certainly affected every single subsequent event in Man’s history including today’s culture and speech, so I was quite fascinated by Alexander the Great and what he created in such a short time.

I wanted to show a cultural reversal of what would be considered norm or okay in a society; here Aias is the minority—a heterosexual in a society that is more homosexual or more correctly bisexual. I tried to display how what a society considers morally bad might be morally good or okay in another culture. I also tried to show that how people tend to show their prejudices based upon what they conceive is culturally okay, but in reality have no basis in what is really morally good. We tend to judge upon our own misleading concepts of what we devise as moral but in reality are just cultural differences. Thus Aias is placed as The Heretic of his society not just for his religious concepts but for his cultural as well.

And finally it is the Heretic who challenges us with our own belief system no matter what place, culture or time he/she might be found. The Heretic allows us the opportunity to grow and progress. Aias is that individual. He went against the grain of his countrymen both religiously and culturally, and by his very actions and demeanor he challenged the belief systems of his day.

Andrew Feder is the author of THE HERETIC.  You can visit his website at www.andrewtheheretic.com.

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2 thoughts on “THE HERETIC by Andrew Feder: “…like an artist sketching his rendering on canvas.”

  1. The cultural and ethnographical studies alone are enough to stir the curious. The opportunities for character study would definitely be significant as well! Nice premise. Bravo.

    R. Leigh
    author, the Winds of Asharra

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