Did you know that this is Words Matter Week? In celebration of this, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors has issued a blog challenge. Today's question is based on the fact that words can change history:
What speech or document do you believe to be most important? Why?
I don't know, where to start? I asked my kids. They were unanimous. The Bible. Smart kids.
One came up with the Declaration of Independence as another choice, but then the discussion went to how the Magna Carta.
I had thought about The Bible, specifically the Gutenberg Bible and its enormous impact on society. I had thought about the Declaration of Independence as well and what a tremendous impact that document has had on my country.
But until my son brought it up, I had not thought about the Magna Carta. It's coming up on 800 years ago that the Magna Carta was issued. Parts of it are still on the books in Wales and England. It didn't necessarily have a true impact in limiting the power of kings in the medieval period, but it became more important as a symbol, and had a huge impact on the laws in the U.S. colonies, and eventually on the Constitution.
I'm pretty sure the Bible is truly the most important document in all of history, but this Great Charter had a huge impact in the English-speaking world.