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Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century by Jake Weidmann (Transcript)

Jake Weidmann at TEDxMileHigh

Jake Weidmann is an artist and certified Master Penman. In this TEDx Talk, titled ‘Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century’ Jake discusses the future of writing and its place in the digital age. Below is the full transcript of the TEDxMileHigh Talk.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Why write – Penmanship for the 21st Century by Jake Weidmann at TEDxMileHigh


But a pen is a simple thing, isn’t it? It doesn’t have a battery or a motherboard. It doesn’t require a service plan or a satellite orbiting the Earth in order to function. It’s never smarter than you are, which I like. And if you were to drop it in water, or any distance higher than your own knee on a hard surface, it would not be destroyed. In fact, purchasing an insurance plan for it would be, well, silly, and slightly ridiculous.

Yet, this simple pen has shaped the very world in which we live. It has recorded the discoveries of scientists and inventors. It has charted the course for nearly every explorer who has braved the open ocean or explored the vast terrain. Wars have begun and ended at its wave and the doctrine of nearly every one of the world’s religions was inscribed at its tip. It has recorded the genius of composers and artists alike, and more lovers have succumbed at its tip than any of Cupid’s arrows.

You see, more than a pen, this is a vital part of our humanity. It is the facilitator to genius, the strongest weapon in war time, the baton passed from one generation to the next, the needle on the Richter scale of our hearts, and the connection between God and man. Yet, for the first time in history, the value of this amazing tool hangs in the balance. With 41 out of 50 states no longer requiring handwriting to be a fundamental part of their curriculum, like everything else in our culture, we declare its value by what we teach or do not teach our children.

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