It always comes to my mind how the things I do impact my “forever”. Are these things going to last? Or am I wasting time and effort on things that will last but a moment?
These thoughts came back to my toxic mind when I stumbled upon an article in the Then and Now section of the September 2010 issue of Discovery Channel Magazine. The article, “On the Write Path”, told of how storing language took different forms throughout history:
People during the Stone Age were believed to have used 26 symbols to store language through paintings.
Egyptians had records of their characters and symbols called hieroglyphs on paper of old times called papyrus.
Chinese writing is one of the oldest systems in the world that developed first. Their rituals were discovered inscripted on bones.
Buddhist manuscripts written on birch bark represent the oldest writing in the South Asian region that has surpassed the test of time.
The first text message was sent in December 1992. Since then, people use mobile phones to communicate with each other, pushing the limits of communication due to distance a bit farther.
In 1997, the first recognizable social networking site was launched; it was SixDegrees.com. Now, almost everyone has an account in at least one of these SNS’s to communicate and stay connected with people even from across the globe.
And it gets more and more exciting.
According to the article mentioned above, the process of “storing message language so others can understand it across time is ancient technology. We call it ‘writing’.” From this statement we can say storing language ~ writing. Now, we often store language or write via the Internet. And what a better time for us to store language!
We can write all that we want and upload it in the Web, and be sure that it will last forever (unless you delete it, of course). And others can undoubtedly have access to it. People anywhere in the globe with Internet can get to see what you’ve written depending on how much of it you want to be read by others. The Internet can also facilitate understanding, as more and more people write using various NSM tools in ways that are personal and relevant. And what’s great, the Internet also gets to meet the challenges of time. What you post online can be read right after you post it, days after, or even years after (and the medium does not deteriorate). You can even write yourself a letter which will be delivered to you in the future, using sites like FutureMe.org. It’s amazing, isn’t it?
People tend to forget, and sometimes we forget even the things that matter to us. But if the things we write about are worth remembering, then they’re worth storing for a lifetime. If what you write is meant to impact a thousand audiences across time, it’s worth storing for lifetime reference.