Hand-writing is on the wane. Thanks to so-called technology, we are becoming numb to the rapid increases of change that promote amusement: that is, lack of thought.
Everything is going ‘password protected,’ wireless, keyless, fast food, instant access, immediate withdrawal, electronic checks, and the list is a mile long. The ‘scan’ at the checkout line will be replaced with the imprint on the right hand or forehead; people laugh now, but will get in line later when they have no choice.
But TODAY, I do have a choice, and I choose to sign my name, slowly, and whenever I can. It’s one reason I write checks, to deny or slow down the inevitable, and to personally say on paper, ‘I rebel’ against the avalanche of global technology.
Yes I know, I am using high-tech now, but the issue is handwriting. Someone remarked that the documents of our country were handwritten, and you may recall the signature of one John Hancock whose stellar penmanship is still today unsurpassed as THE example of the very best goalpost.
But handwriting speaks softly of the activity of the brain, hence the lack of understanding by a certain Jeantell (Zimmerman trial) who in a small way was sort of an embarrassment for not recognizing what should be plain. But that’s another story.
Handwriting is necessary for it marks the measures of society, and America is on a death spiral. For God’s sake, the youth of the States graduate high school and cannot read; they obviously cannot write. This alleged ‘graduation’ is therefore a joke, for learning there was not.
Handwriting, and more to the point, good handwriting, reveals a thoughtful mind, with some degree of appreciation for contemplation. Good hand-writers would naturally be observers, for the comma or colon suggests a pause of thought.
Slow down, sign your name, enjoy writing it while you can. Remember the last time you signed your name on the receipt in the checkout line? I would be willing to bet it was signed quick as lightning and barely legible, for ‘there were people waiting behind you.’ Too bad, 4 extra seconds will not hurt anybody.
It’s the flower thing, you know, ‘take time to smell…’ That signature of yours is valuable and necessary. You are stating without reservation that your name is good because your word is good. It identifies you in a way no other can. It is YOUR essence, use the signature, to the paperless, say ‘begone!’
I met a girl who said she has a checking account but never wrote a check; and her argument was ‘it’s much easier not to.’ Yep, easier, but with a price. She has no clue how to balance a book, and she would be the same gal who you know that works at a retail outlet and cannot give out change without the computer.
Right, we are advancing as a culture. How about this idea for a job applicant: ‘Write your name, rather, sign your name here.’ Now wait for the responses: ‘Huh?’ ‘How?’ etc. Is this a stretch? Probably, but the point is made about aptitude, and we can gain much tillage from the handwriting.
By the way, invest in a good pen, and write on.