Monday, July 15, 2013

My Bucket List Spillith Over

I have a new thing to add to my bucket list - seeing the Magna Carta in real life.

I was just reading a news article about an effort by the British Museum to put each of the four remaining copies under one roof - for a special exhibit. Apparently, hundreds of copies of the document were created - to send to the aherrifs and other personnel of municipalities in England in 1215 - to educate them about the forts to quell an uprising.

I want to stand - in the age of email, the Internet and television - and imagine a time when the only way to educate a nation about new laws was to write them out, by hand, and deliver them by horseback.