Mankind was built due to pens and their predecessors
Posted On 12 October 2020
The first relics of writing can be traced back to the Sumerian and Egyptian people around 4000 BC. At that time, the pen as we know it did not exist, and writing consisted of engraving on a clay tablet. Let’s take a look at what these primitive pens made possible.
Writing, which first appeared in abstract forms, quickly turned into a tool for solving various problems including keeping track of things. The pen offers us an additional way of retaining information, making it possible to curb many conflicts linked to man’s fundamental nature.
Property rights have been administered and records have been made so that we know what belongs to whom when memory is lacking or dishonesty is present. We understand the documents written are authentic and we comply with them. Thanks to writing, man saw the appearance of the beginning of civilizations by the construction of administered societies. These societies are, by nature, more reliable and more durable than cultures practicing oral transmission, which were more easily influenced because the passing on of knowledge was uncertain.
The pen has many other uses than just for administrative or property inventory ; the transmission of knowledge and legends are other important uses. The pen is the author of all the texts, however sacred they may be.
The words of the wise have been preserved thanks to writing materials, but we must be wary of the pen, as it can write the truth as well as lie at will of the hand that holds it. Man’s nature being neither good nor bad, he uses tools as he pleases. While changing his mind, his letters change too.
It is due to historians and archaeologists, whose profession lies in the study of the remains of the past, to derive a form of reality from the acts of yesteryear. We can measure the persistence of a civilization by the quantity of writings it has provided, a reflection of the freedom and access to knowledge of its people, but also of the influence it has been able to have on cultures until today.
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