In honor of the celebration of the 4th of July celebrations in America, let’s talk about writing. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved and shared with the public by America’s founding fathers. This document explained why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, listed their complaints against King George III, and claimed certain natural rights.
This document was written because the people had something to say. The people knew that they could not share their verbal words with the King and with England, so they used writing to serve their purpose. Writing it and sending it to the King saved them time and the hassle of all (or at least some representatives) traveling over to talk with the King. It also was a very firm declaration of America’s intention to be free. Having written words, instead of spoken words gave the early Americans an opportunity to say very clearly what they wanted to the King. The King could not say “But you didn’t say…” or “Well you said…” and make up things about what was or wasn’t said.
Putting it in written form allowed more people to hear it than if it was said by one person once. In today’s super technological and information sharing age, it is no problem to share something verbally and it will be across the internet in a matter of minutes or days if it is interesting enough. So while things have changed a little, it still stands that one of the most convenient and easiest ways to share your message with a lot of people is writing. Think about it, you Tweet something, send out a post on Facebook, email your friends or coworkers, or text someone about news you have, right? You don’t try to shout from the nearest mountain to tell your friend across the country something, and smoke signals aren’t used anymore.
With the ease of blogging and mass communication over the internet, anyone can share their writings with the world. If you’re not taking the advantage of the internet to share with those in your life about the wisdom you have, the things you learn, or the people you meet, you should! Writing is a great way to connect with different people as well as share your story.