A Hittite man explains why the recent invention of text should render speech obsolete.
|Save Your Breath
We won't be breathing forever. At some point in our lives we will take a final breath the same way we took our first breath outside the womb. This means that every person has a finite amount of breathing to do. That is something we can all agree on.
Speech is very similar to breathing. What is speech if not domesticated breathing? Just like domesticated beasts, speech is far more tiring that its wild alternative is it not? Is it not easier to hunt a mouflon that it is to care for a sheep?
Surely, speaking a single sentence is worth at least two deep breaths. A conversation can cost both parties hours of breathing. Anybody who values their life should always try to minimize time spent speaking. The less we speak, the more we can breathe. The more we can breathe, the more we will live.
Speech was a necessity until recently. There was no way to convey complex meaning without words. Sure, paintings could express basic ideas or events but speech let us convey nuanced ideas no painting ever could. This is no longer the case. Ever since we established steady trade routes with Assyria, more and more Hittites have learned to read and write. The fact that you are reading this and that I have written this is evidence of that. We can now express complex sentences through portable, inanimate objects. Moreover, we do not need to waste a single breath to do so.
Do you see where I'm going with this? Why do we insist on wasting our breath on speaking when a clearly superior alternative has emerged? We would live so much longer if we simply wrote down everything we needed to say so we could save our breaths. The invention of text could substantially lengthen the average lifespan. If we stick to archaic practices like speech we will never truly advance as a society.
I dream of a world where Hittites live and die without speaking a single word. We'd all live into our hundreds!