Posted by: ugleepen | October 18, 2012

Handwriting is Important for Our Humanity

I’m all for writing by hand. Of course in our fast-paced modern life I realize that taking the time to manually write what can take half the time by computer is not realistic.

However, without handwritten notes and letters left to posterity (or at least to our own descendants) the human race will loose more than just history.

Author Philip Hensher seems to agree with me. In his new book “The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting,” Hensher warns that “to diminish the place of the handwritten in our lives is to diminish, in a small but real way, our humanity.”

While the emails of the famous are being archived in digital caches in libraries around the world, already a major problem of storing online information over a long term has arisen. The formats soon become obsolete, and if the data is not extracted and reformatted, it’s lost forever. Unlike letters penned on paper or re-printed in books.

Picking up a pen and writing is a more creative act than striking keys; you’re forced to form each letter and cross out your mistakes, points out Hensher. Pen and ink should be celebrated, he says, and treasured for its permanence and personality.

Emails, texts, status updates and tweets hold no clues about the writer.

“By spurning handwritten letters for the convenience of email, we will leave few traces behind us,” says Hensher.  “In my grandfather’s letters, there’s more than just the substance – there’s the eccentricities of his hand, the knowledge that the paper has passed down generations, the official stamps and the fading ink.”

We should try to keep handwriting alive. “Without it,” says Hensher, “we will lose one of the most fundamental means we have of writing our own histories, of leaving our own legacy.”

One reason many people are reluctant to manually write is that they remember cramped hands and stiff fingers. The modern ergonomic pen changes all of that.

The UGLee Pen is designed to be a comfort pen – one that actually relaxes the hand and fingers during the handwriting process. Give it a try – put the UGLee Pen to paper and leave a bit of history of yourself for your family.

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