If it wasn’t for Johannes Gutenberg I wouldn’t be writing this post. Being a person of low-birth and all.
Johannes Gutenberg invented the first movable wooden type printing press in 1436. (Progressing later to metal type.) Known imaginatively as: The Gutenberg Press.
Now what’s so special about that?
Well, it meant that books could be massed produced – cheaply. Which lead to mass literacy. Which lead to peasants like my forefathers having the opportunity to better themselves. (Which they never actually bothered their arses to do.)
The Gutenberg Press is one of the greatest inventions of the modern era. Producing a veritable revolution in the fostering, development and dissemination of the arts, sciences and religion. (Okay, maybe the last one wasn’t such a good idea.)
Books were no longer the sole domain of royalty, church and aristocracy. The masses had the opportunity to learn. To have their own ideas. And to contribute ideas to society.
So, if you’re reading this, (and you’re not a member of the royal family), you probably have Johannes Gutenberg to thank for enabling you to do so.