Neither is mandatory for writing, but it helps people as a form of self expression. See calligraphy. Cursive is like calligraphy with meaning.
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.