an artificial world of our own creation,

David Abram argues in his book Spell of the Sensuous, that one problem with writing is that it leads us to live in an overly abstract, conceptualized world.

David Fideler wrote this about Abram’s perspective:

In the five-billion-year history of our planet, written literacy is less than an eye blink. But concurrent with that eye blink is an accelerating development of human ingenuity and technology that has progressively taken us into an artificial world of our own creation, away from the living streams, trees, and mountains that once spoke to our ancestors.

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