Where in the pen does the power lie? With a sword the power is easy to see, The gleaming edge of hard cold steel is hard to miss seeing on a battlefield. Is it not easier to teach the skills of the cut and jab; the defense of the shield, and the sense of survival to a person, than it is to teach the art of the written word and the distinction of knowing the opponent, not only by reputation[ which may or not be warranted] but by observation of his people, and the wants and needs of those common folk? Communication seems simple when the warrior walks with shield and sword. Who is the man in the business suit approaching with a letter in hand. Unless the people can read and understand, the physical fight will always persevere.