Excellent topic. Starred and flagged.
I have always been a bit of a writing geek so to speak, i've just always enjoyed the art of writing. I even have a bit of a fascination with fountain
pens, of which i have more than is probably needed.
This all stems from being taught to write well at school. I loved it, and of course it was all we had back then, no computers as such. I even learnt
calligraphy which made a massive difference to my everyday handwriting.
All this i pass on to my kids.
Recently i attended a parents workshop at our local primary school, it was for parents who wanted to help their kids more with their school work. I
was amazed at the lack of discussion on handwriting.
The headteacher said that it was becoming redundant as in a few years it would be all touch screens and keyboards, in fact you would be hard pushed to
find a pen and paper in the future.
That horrified me, and Intrepid's point here is exactly what i brought up. I said, "Well what happens when the computers break, or theres a power
cut and the kids can't write?"
I don't think i got a decent answer, just a few remarks about the kids maybe having to resort to other techy gadgets instead.
Anyway, i try to write as much as i can, whether thats a "real" letter to friends or just writing things down in books instead of typing them up all
For any adults that either do not like writing, or think their handwriting is beyond repair, you could do a lot worse than to go back to basics and
start again. Pick yourself up one of the books that kids learn by, or visit the many sites on the net that will help you.
In a different look at survival, for example the economy, handwriting could mean the difference between getting that job that feeds you and your
family, and mabye not. A well typed CV is great, but when you start writing in front of clients or your boss in a 3 year olds writing, it may not look
However back to the main point of Intrepid's thread, in a survival situation, writing skills could mean a lot if it meant taking or sending an
important message than ensured your safety.
Also, i like to think that if worst came to the worst and we faced a rebuild of civilization after a complete world collapse, there would be at least
someone who could document the history of the rise of the human race once again. Thats most likely going to be have to be a written record for a
I think it is very important, so thanks again for the thread.