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The loss of a thousand-year-old heritage

Since the beginning of time, man has scribbled, drawn and made his mark.

Human beings express themselves through their desire to leave an imprint and to connect body to matter – be it stone, earth or paper.   However, this does not merely fulfill a desire to communicate, it also stimulates essential neurological functions.

Scribbling, tracing and drawing all activate multiple neuronal connections and unlock openings to creativity.  Furthermore, these ancestral acts also help to dissolve mental stress, giving birth to catharsis.

The benefits of scribbling and drawing have been observed since the 1950’s by a great number of psychologists, psychiatrists and specialists in education.  In short, to draw, scribble and trace is extremely good for us.

Yet, for the past ten years or so, our relationship to our writing, our scribblings and our signature has faded and is slowly withering away. Keyboards and touch screens are causing our graphic instinct to slowly die out. Our markings, made up of the intimacy of our movements, become increasingly absent with every passing day.Acknowledging this loss is not about being nostalgic for a time gone by.  Because this loss, which happens through the slow searing of our desire for graphical representation, causes as much damage to our mental health as it does to our creative potential.

 But the brain is endowed with astonishing flexibility and awakening other areas than those intended for logical thinking is still possible. It is just up to us to make that choice.

 

 

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