The use of letters is the principal circumstance that distinguishes a civilized people from a herd of savages incapable of knowledge or reflection. Without that artificial help, the human memory soon dissipates or corrupts the ideas entrusted to her charge; and the nobler faculties of the mind, no longer supplied with models or with materials, gradually forget their powers; the judgment becomes feeble and lethargic, the imagination languid or irregular. aEdward GibbonAll that changed one day when I opened a freshmana#39;s blue book exam essay on the causes of the French Revolution. In reasonably legible handwriting, there was only one sentence: aI am dead.a I pondered that statement for a long time, anbsp;...
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