When I started using a computer, it took years before I was comfortable typing. I didn’t take keyboarding when I was in school so I never learned the proper placement of hands and fingers; I never learned to look at the subject matter, not the keys. If you are a typing teacher you would probably cringe to watch the way I do it. It’s all pecking, primarily using the index fingers and occasionally another finger or two. Crude, but I manage.
Before the days of computers, I almost always used a pen. Pencils were too frustrating: the lead would be too soft and constantly break off. I spent half my day at the pencil sharpener trying to keep a sharp point. Even when I was doing something that would normally require a pencil, math for example, I would frequently use a pen and try not to make mistakes. If I did make a mistake, I would just scratch it out.
Today I rarely use a pencil or pen except to write my signature.
Times change; the world changes. What was once the accepted method becomes obsolete. Think about the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews and the manner in which writing originated. They used a cut reed sharpened into a quill dipped in some black goo to scribble on papyrus. I can’t imagine doing that today.
Though the methods have changed, writing has been at the core of man’s existence from the beginning of time. God commanded the Israelites to keep meticulous records and its a good thing they obeyed or we wouldn’t have any scriptures to read.
Writing offers me a way to express my thoughts and feelings differently from the spoken word. In open conversations, I don’t have time to consider what I want to say before I blurt it out. Writing forces me to slow down, carefully think about the subject, and at least attempt to make intelligent comments.
Can you imagine how our world would be if we didn’t have the art of writing? No books, no newspapers, no magazines ………..
For that matter, there would be no computers or technology at all. Without the written word, there would be no way to communicate the necessary information.
Today I lift the mug in thanks to the great writers of the world! Thank you for the time invested in putting your words on paper, or on a computer screen, so the rest of us can enjoy it!