A comprehensive education has long been considered one of the most useful and life-changing elements one can add to their existence. Opening a vast number of doors and providing many opportunities, a good education is a blessing to any individual hoping to move forward and succeed in life, regardless of the field or industry they choose to pursue. In fact, the development of educational standards and learning in general, can be said to have singlehandedly led the way forward for man to be what he is today; an intelligent and self-aware creature with ambition and determination to achieve more and constantly improve themselves.
The importance of learning and education has a very long history:
In its journey to what it is today, the first significant learning standpoint was the clergy and the church. The Bible was one of the first books available in print in modern civilization, and was a result of the modern printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439. Known as the Gutenberg Bible, all other Bibles available prior to this were handwritten and handmade individually, explaining the reasoning behind why it was not widely available. Just as this Bible was not widely available, learning too, mainly focused on religious teachings at that time, was not widely available to the general public, as was the case with learning language. With Gutenberg’s invention, books could, for the first time, be mass produced, and were made available to the public. Although mainly made available to the elite of society, learning soon spread and became a significant movement.
Gutenberg’s invention is considered the most important invention of this millennium due to the fact that it singlehandedly allowed the spread of learning and knowledge across the world. His printing press allowed also for translation to occur. Many translation services used the printing press to translate books from Latin to German and English, amongst other languages, enabling more and more people access to information and knowledge.
The invention of Gutenberg also led to pivotal moments in history, such as the Renaissance; an age of learning, art, and science. Great men such as Leonardo da Vinci and Dante Alighieri saw their works admired and read far and wide, made possible through printed books. Dante’s depiction of his journey through Hell, Purgatory, and finally, arrival at Paradise, is considered one of the most influential epics, and is revered to this day. Da Vinci’s famous inventions, made possible through his extensive notebooks, led to the creation of such things as biological warfare and the invention of helicopters and air conditioning. The thoughts and ideas of philosophers such as Cicero were now freely available to any individual willing to listen and learn.
It is possible then to accredit the concept of learning and sharing of knowledge made available to all, to Gutenberg.