Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Writing on Paper and Learning (an essay)
Writing on Paper and Learning: let me just take a moment, and comment on the issue of writing on paper (and the process of learning; it just didn’t happen overnight for the public); paper which we most likely take less notice of, advantage of, or pay it little attention at all, made the learning process possible for the masses. I am grateful for the times I live in, if it was prior to the Crusades, it would be a problem for me to write so freely on paper, or have had the chance to learn so openly. Let me explain: prior to, in and during, the dark ages when the lands in Europe did less cultivation, the mind of the public at large, was starved you could say, then all of a sudden, it started to be cultivated again, from the lack of tillage, the soil bloomed again, and commerce, became plentiful, and surplus, as in modern times, thus, this created more trade, and the cities that didn’t grow were being widened, and rebuilt and growing now. The wars, Crusades, this led to routes to the East, luxuries came, and so, paper started to come into the cities cheaply, where at one time it was to the contrary, but Egypt made it possible, where prior to this it was costly, as was learning costly. Mostly a commodity only the church could give to its priests. Liberation was at hand after the dark ages, everywhere—there was no longer a reason to remain ignorant. The common dispute turned into research. It was the awakening. It grew from the days of Roger Bacon (1294 AD), onward to Leonardo, 1452, and past Galileo 1564, to its zenith, about 1661 AD (the time of Francis Bacon).