Writing is, perhaps, the greatest invention ever conceived by the human mind. It is the most extraordinarily pervasive medium for the transmission of thought and meaning the earth has ever known. For over five thousand years mankind has used writing as a tool for the communication of ideas, the birth of culture, and the connections of society. Through this medium man has conveyed his thoughts, expressed his hopes, and shared his dreams. Writing’s all-embracing applicability has been exploited to record the histories of the rise and fall of nations and the recipes of faithful home makers. Writing has carried secret government communiques, requirements for achieving immortality, and instructions for baking the perfect brownie. The recording of thought through physical representation in alpha-numeric characters has accomplished the succession of kingships, the death of revolutions, and the Genesis of all we love and cherish.
Writing permeates all sectors of community and culture. It breaks down barriers and climbs over the walls set by society to class what thoughts and concepts are deemed acceptable, customary, or expected. Writing speaks without speaking, and calls out to the listener even when governments and powers restrict the freedom of expression. It is universally understood, loved, and used. Writing has invariably come about in every major and successful culture to ever inhabit the planet. People have been writing since as long as modern history can remember, and lives have been changed by reading what was written. In an effort to digitize and catalogue all books currently known, a recent Google study algorithm calculated that, since the beginning of mankind’s use of writing, 129,864,880 books have been written. This calculation in itself, though obviously a completely estimated and truly unknowable number, demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of writing; uniquely married to the history of mankind, writing has been with us since the beginning and shows no signs of walking away.
Writing is powerful. It is able to captivate, and it is able to release. Writing has the ability to grip the emotive side of the human psyche with a strength that all other forms of media seek vainly to imitate. The forms of the letters, the rise and fall of the individual strokes of the symbols that we memorize to create words, are able to harness and hold meaning far beyond what their diminutive size would suggest. Writing is able to take the imagination on a far-flung trip across the cosmos and, in the same instant, force the inward journey necessary for the individual to be challenged and improve the self.
Whether on the pages of an old-world, leather bound book, or
on the backlit screen of an e-reader, tablet, or smartphone, what’s being read is still called writing. Even with the advent of the desktop computer, laptop, and hosts of software suites to assist in the task, what’s being put down on page after page of novels, news posts and, even blogs, will always be writing.
God, who in His infinite wisdom gave mankind the intellect necessary to create writing, is well aware of it’s far reaching impact on the psyche of His creation. He instructed Moses that the remembrance of His deliverance was to be recorded, written down, rehearsed in the hearing of Joshua:
Exodus 17:14 (KJV)
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
Exodus 34:27 (KJV)
27 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
Deuteronomy 6:20 (KJV)
20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
2 Corinthians 3:2 (KJV)
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
Revelation 1:11 (KJV)
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Proverbs 7:1-3 (KJV)
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.