What If We Can’t Write?

Writing has been part of our language for centuries. It is an extremely vital tool that we consider those who master it intellectual and academic. Although it came into use long after speech was established, it has created a space for itself along side speech and it’s significance is inexpressible. It is difficult to imagine a successfully functioning world without it, but what if writing never existed? Would we be different?

We use writing essentially to communicate with one another, to transfer our thoughts from our minds to paper and to preserve our ideas, beliefs and memories. If we weren’t able to do that, our minds would most probably function differently because much of what we say would be forgotten and our ideas would clog up our minds; either causing stress or decreasing our performance. The way we communicate with one another would be different too. Less linguistic rules would be followed and the standard form of any language would constantly change. Consequently our thoughts, ideas and beliefs would change at a faster rate than when we write because we won’t have something concrete to refer to. Relying on spoken language would be the only way to go about our daily life.

Spoken language when used alone, in the past, used to connote primitiveness and lack of civilization. Those who can speak a language but are unable to write it, or read it, are classified as less intelligent in the modern world. The urge for human beings to start using symbols and documenting transactions is a key fact that, somehow, proves that writing, as an action or a text, is an organizational tool that helps us as individuals manage our thoughts and decide which of them should be changed from the abstract to the concrete.

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