Thursday, June 30, 2011

Without Books

CBethM, over at Encourage Me to Write, asks "What would the world be like without books?"

The short answer is, I don't know.

Human nature is what it is, with or without a written record. Isn't that what we learn from literature? People would still love and hope, will always lie, cheat, and compete. Communication would be different. Could we have achieved, say, the industrial revolution without easily-replicated text? I don't know.

Overall, though, I doubt much would change. We will always find a way to communicate, and we'll always use our communication to tell stories.

1 comment:

  1. Human nature probably won't change. But that leads me to another thought. Is there a human need to write, to publish, to share our thoughts to be recorded and be shared across time and space, even if only to our future selves? There is a degree of immortality that goes with writing that is desirable. So I wonder if books will ever really go away.
    Glad you were able to get some writing in!!
    - CBethM