Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Humanism, a gift (system of thought that centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth) civilization, a blessing (An advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping, including writing, and the appearance of complex political and social institutions. Since the beginning of time humans have been blessed with a gift to think freely to create the world we live into today. With out thought where would we be today? As a fact I know we wouldn’t be here today flossing with the technology we use everyday. But if it wasn’t for the age of Gutenberg, the documented past where the printing press and the great artists, thinkers, and writers formed. Without the printing press we wouldn’t have the knowledge we have today. The printing press is a perfect example of humanism. Gutenberg centered his thought around a machine an object that could turn one book into thousands. But not just books playing cards, fliers, and indulgences. The printing press made books very affordable for many different class of people. The more books or the more printed word the more people became literate. In October 1517 Luther wrote the ninety five theses and slipped them under the Wittenberg church door. When this happened the ninety-five-thesis spread through Europe like whores on a troop train. When people got hold of Luther’s printed word, thoughts began to evolve along with a religious movement known as protestant reformation that began to reform or attempt to reform the crooked Roman Catholic churches. In a result there was the creation of protestant churches. Luther’s vision and thoughts that were spoken and read let people know that it’s ok to think for you and not always listen and expect that what is being spoken or printed is necessarily true or right. The word needed the printing press, the world needed Luther and humanists formed it all.