Take a moment to make a list of events you feel are important. Your list might contain events another person didn’t think of or feel are important. That’s okay. Now, stack rank your list with the most important on top to the least important. Do you think to include the printed page?
An important distinction is the printed page, not the written page. In 1440 inventor Johannes Gutenberg experimented with printing in Strasbourg, France. He returned to Mainz, Germany, several years later, where he finished developing the printing machine. By 1454, Gutenberg began producing thousands of documents for the church. You will find many sources on google regarding Gutenberg and the printing press.
Why is this important? It began an intellectual revelation. Handwritten copies were slow and expensive. Reproduction of a document wasn’t always 100% accurate. Printing presses reproduced thousands of identical copies. Books disseminated knowledge to everyone equally. Books grew in popularity as a form of entertainment and education.
Books may not have been on your list, but it is hard to deny their impact on human society. Computers and the internet have placed millions of books and authors accessible to most of the world’s population. As an author and Lyricist, I’m glad we have computers to speed up the process, so I can share stories and music quicker than handwriting it all down. Making copies by hand would be a nightmare.
One book has been shared worldwide in more languages than any other book. That book is the Bible. There is one story that I’ve recently discovered that not only tells the story of Jesus, our savior but puts the struggles of that period in perspective with the story of Jesus. Many movies have portrayed the story of Jesus or stories related to Jesus. “The Chosen” may not have actors and actresses you are familiar with. After a few scenes, they draw you into the story taking you back to approximately two thousand years ago when Jesus walked among us.
If you haven’t discovered this for yourself, come see. https://thechosenapp.org/ You will find it a life-changing event. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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