Hubby Tries Calligraphy for the First Time // Father's Day Special

T11his ability to pass on ideas to us across generations, offer instructions to reveal, communicate ideas throughout the abyss of area and also time has made it possible to make great strides in our understanding of deep space, good understanding and self-understanding.

However to recognize how composing started, we must go to old Sumer, where creating initial began to be used thoroughly. Take a look around. What do you see? Yes, you see potters and also sellers.

You see the gardens and streets. What do you see towering over it all? Forehead. These holy places play a huge function in why composing started. Because Sumer was the country of the very first actual cities in the globe.

Not numerous individuals or countless people, but together 10s of thousands. And these cities produced city-states, united by the praise of a certain team of gods. Individuals regulated watering as well as cities grew. And as cities grew, so did the temples for the gods.

These massive, vast temple complexes they did not serve only as tabernacles.

Do you see those men bringing jugs full of grain here? These temples also served as huge warehouses.

And also in hard times, they were separated back. This system created a massive riches for the clergyman, but he also made sure that cities of this dimension can work. We don’t care now. Look beside the males who bring the grain. Do you see a guy watching them?

Note that whenever they bring a container of grain, he will make a little mark on his clay table.

With such an economy, with lots of supplies, moving to and from the temple every day, they needed to keep records somehow. That table will be saved later, so that the priests may know exactly what they have at hand in their giant temple storehouse.

He drew a little photo of a grain stalk next to his records, so it is clear that his data refer to grain. For generations, this great little drawing of grain has actually been simplified. A lot more abstract. Scribes were seeking faster and much easier methods to tape commodities, they did not laboriously attract every sub-item brought to the temple, yet instead they involved an equally agreed set of even more symbolic representations for products moving right into sanctuaries. And also you can see just how someone might take place, that these signs need not only stand for the concept of something, yet also words itself.

And that’s exactly what occurred.

The symbol for the cow was recognized not only as an agent of the animal, however also as a word cow because of this. Still, with a thousand nouns, you can’t do much. And also here comes a delighted linguistic coincidence. Do you see individuals at the temple talking with each other?

Both of these points are important because when many of your words are monosyllabic, it is easy not to think of a symbol as a word, but as a sound for that word. Stop thinking of a symbol indicating a word and begin to think about the general meaning of its sound, which can indicate more specific things.

Now you begin to consider photos as audios and also incorporating noises with each other enables you to develop different words.

And when you combine that with that in Sumerian a number of terms were based on simple words, for example, a sickle plus grain could mean a harvest, so there is a quantum of what you can do with sounds and concepts, which represent thousands of images. Because how the scribes wrote has changed the way we write in Western countries today.

See how he writes from top to bottom, just as you would write a list. And if you accidentally rest your hand while writing from top to bottom, you can easily delete the entire column you just typed.

This risk is reduced if you start writing from left to. It was easier for scribes, but other literate people, who had to read it learned from top to bottom, so they didn’t like this sideways writing.

Soon people read characters written sideways from left to. This writing system was then adopted by the neighboring Akkad and Elamites, who generalized it even more.

And also currently you have a genuine writing system.

Initial pictures, yet also pictograms changed from them they entirely vanished into the wedge prints and lines developed by the stylus then chosen. Which means as opposed to a handful of nouns to be contacted stock checklists here we have a writing system that can provide us abstract and also lyrical points like the Legendary of Gilgamesh or Enum elish. Just how do we understand all this? Amusing thing regarding clay: When a location refute and all your documents get on clay, as opposed to being damaged, they harden as well as stay.

It won’t happen here for a while. So let’s praise scribes like this and the wonderful city of Sumer for what they gave us. A gift that lasted us more than five and a half thousand years. Writing. Since we don’t get to the False Episodes for these one-offs, I want to emphasize that this is only the first place in history where writing has flourished.

It will later develop independently in Mesoamerica and was almost certainly developed independently in China. There is a great deal of controversy over whether it has developed independently in the Indus Valley and Egypt. Although from what we have read, which is far from enough for a layman’s opinion, I believe that both groups have inherited the basic concept from Sumer. If you liked this attempt and you are interested in the history of ideas as well as the history of people and companies, let us know in the comments. We’ll try to do it sometimes if so.


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So excited to feature my better half, Clement and our son, Chase in our Father’s Day Special! This fun video is all about Clement trying out calligraphy for the very first time in his life – and then he had to answer questions about himself and Chase to see if they sync up. The results are quite hilarious!

By the way – we are opening up the beginner course again soon if you want some real training on how to learn modern calligraphy. Haha!

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