Food For Thought
The history of manuscript is intriguing and when you take the time to think about how it plays an integral part in our lives, it is fascinating. The depth of knowledge that was recorded and still to this day, is endless.
A quote from Wikipedia sums it up.
Cartography (from Greek χάρτης chartis, "map"; and γράφειν graphein, "write"), or mapmaking, has been an integral part of the human story for a long time, possibly up to 8,000 years. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the Age of Exploration, and on into the twenty-first century, people have created and used maps as the essential tools to help them define, explain, and navigate their way through the world. According to some scholars, mapping represented a significant step forward in the intellectual development of human beings and it serves as a record of the advancement of knowledge of the human race, which could be passed from members of one generation to those that follow in the development of culture.
‘Old timer’ memoirs gave their views on life, experiences and was a record of ‘how life was’ back then! It is history today for the younger generation, but sadly too many memories are lost.
Encourage your parents, grandparents and if you’re blessed, your great-grandparents to tell their story. Using technology they can voice record their life-story which can then be transcribed into text. Remember, it is this knowledge that paves the way for generations to come.
Imagine if you had in your hands a letter your great-great grandfather wrote to your great-great grandmother when they were courting. Together they recorded the trials and tribulations of their life story.
Upon reading their ‘story’ you learn to understand the characteristics of your family genealogy and learn from their experiences. The knowledge and sanctity of that history is pricelessly sentimental.
Books are a preservation of the past. It’s all very well saying, ‘yeah, but who is going to read my life story?’ In fifty years time, you could be fortunate enough to know someone that does read it. It’s not for today ... it’s for the future. We have to think along these lines to keep history alive.
Some may do it for financial return; others may do it because it will become a keep-sake in the family. Either way, consider the idea as sadly too many memories get lost with the passing of time.
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