Reading and Writing Yourself Free

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The basis for human liberty as we understand it today was laid with the advent of universal literacy. When reading and writing stopped being the sole right of royal scribes and religious leaders in a given society, and when vernacular languages - i.e. languages actually spoken and heard in daily life – gained the right to be written down and read; not only did humanity’s collective knowledge become universally accessible, the link between literacy and power began crumbling.

In tandem with that, literacy as access to divinity began collapsing as well, as the magic associated with thought transmission through sight instead of sound, through scribbling instead of speaking, faded away. “Holy Books” gradually came into question.


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