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34923Y191 Writing thus facilitated the appearance

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OF
POWERFUL FICTIONAL ENTITIES
THAT ORGANIZED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
AND RESHAPED THE REALITY OF RIVERS, SWAMPS & CROCODILES.
Simultaneously, writing also made it easier for humans to believe in the existence
of such fictional entities, because it habituated people to experiencing reality through
the mediation of abstract symbols. Hunter-gatherers still spent their days climbing trees,
looking for mushrooms, boars & rabbits! Peasants worked all day in the fields, ploughing, harvesting,
grinding corn & taking care of farmyard animals. Their daily reality was the feeling of muddy earth under
bare feet, the smell of oxen pulling the plough & the taste of warm bread fresh from the oven. In contrast,
scribes in ancient AeGYPT devoted most of their time to reading, writing & calculating? Their daily reality
consisted of ink marks on papyrus scrolls, which determined whó owned whìch fíeld, how much an ox
cost & what yearly taxes the peasants had to pay?! A scribe could decide the fate of an entire village
with just one stroke of his stylus! The vast majority of people remained illiterate until the modern
age, but the all-important administrators increasingly saw reality through the medium of written
texts?!!! For this literate elite - whether in ancient AeGYPT or in 20th-century Europe - anything
written on a piece of paper was at least as real as trees, oxen & human beings. Voor Ouwe Mor
de oorlogsjaren, de jaren '30, '20, wereld- & koloniale oorlogen bleken net zo boeiend als onze
19de, 18de & 17de eeuw & zo kom je als vanzelf onvermijdelijk terecht bij al die andere oor-
logen ende verwante beruchte conflicten van onze regenten & stadhouders, middeleeuwen,
kruisvaarders en 't gedoe in Constantinopel Istanbul & Rome, Athene,
Yeroesjalayiem, Elji/Petra, Arabia, India, Indonesia & China:
alle continenten, overstromingen, ontdekkingsreizen,
verzonnen spookachtige verhaaltjes
& sprookjes.