Abram spends several chapters discussing language, how language used to reflect our closeness to nature, how when our ancestors first began to write that the symbols used reflected that closeness, and that ultimately the written language evolved so that it removed us from nature.
(I'm not even going to try to explain it the way he does here. It's nearly midnight and I want to get to sleep soon. If someone really wants me to explain it I can try it another time. :) Or you can read the book, which is pretty good.)
Abram also talks about how people relied on oral tradition before the written language became widespread. He points out that people who were illiterate had better memory, and that by becoming literate we have lost something.
This left me feeling a little sad, and almost wishing that I lived someplace where I would have been raised in an oral tradition rather than learning how to read. And yet, I love to read, so I really don't wish that. But I've been aware for a long time that people who are illiterate have better memories than those of us who read.
After all, what's the point of remembering something when you can just go find it in a book? In oral tradition, however, if people have forgotten something then that's it.
Yes, I know I'm rambling. My thoughts are not in order and it's