I saw Fandango’s Provocative Question #44 on Wednesday, and just couldn’t get it out of my mind. So, I decided to answer it today, from my perspective.
What do you think was (or is) the most significant event in the history of the human race? Please explain.
For me, it was the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century in Germany. The printing press led to the mass production of books, which allowed knowledge to be disseminated among people of all classes, breaking the hold of the wealthy and learned members of societies.
Bibles were printed, and people could read the words of God for themselves, without depending on individuals who profited greatly from the ignorance of the masses. They learned that salvation couldn’t be bought, and that people could approach God themselves.
Even today, social media is the offshoot of the invention of the printing press. While I don’t always agree with what is written or posted on social media, the different forms of social media allow voices to be heard that before were silenced.
Also, as a lover of books, I am thankful for the creation of mass production. Books have saved my sanity, bringing me hours of pleasure that took me away from the horrors of childhood. No one talked to each other in my house, so books allowed me to know stories and be aware of places far away from my hometown, instilling in me a desire to see the world that I am still trying to assuage.
Viva la printing press!