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.


17 thoughts on “Educate

  1. Will, the communication, in written form, is only restricted to the literate.. But the words, in oral form, are the ones that change dynasties…

    You could teach a person to talk, easy enough, but it takes almost a lifetime, for them to learn when to hold it..

    So my point was to say, when there is unavoidable fight, let the physical fight continue, for it would heal over time… Unlike the sparring of words, which leaves a deep mark, in the soul for a lifetime..

    But, nonetheless, let peace prevail over words and swords… πŸ™‚

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    1. I like your point and it is well taken. The spoken word is easily morphed over time, therefore more literate people are needed before the pen is mightier than the sword. And by literate I mean that the ability to bring abstract from the words is a necessary attribute, because the literal meaning of words change over time, and the wise who govern must restrain from literal translation, and may common sense, literacy, and reason or justice dominate arbitrary laws made simply to let a few dominate the many! Whew, I think I just said what you just said. Peace, Aadhirai! πŸ˜€

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      1. You sure do know to make my day… πŸ™‚

        And maybe that’s why I feel missing you, when your name doesn’t pop up either in my reader or notification… πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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  2. The reason why pen is mightier than sword is, you have to fight an opponent, whose prowess or not, is not visible on the surface… Which is totally contradictory to the physical fight, where you could know his strength and could fairly judge his next move during a fight…

    Moreover, the ultimate reason I believe is, the wound of the skin might leave a scar, but the pain fades off over times, unlike a hate word, the wound of the heart, never ever heals..

    So let the physical fight be persevered, so the wound of heart is spared…

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      1. I have the entire thing figured out you flickering sprite! thank you for the challenge, because until the mental hurt can raise the masses and damage the oppressors, the pen holds little power! Right? πŸ˜‰

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  3. Great idea WIll πŸ™‚ Yes until all are educated the physical fight will persevere 😦 and the loss of so many innocent souls. The power of a pen lies in its ink, in its nib, in the hands of the writer, in the thoughts of the writer. Sword/pen are harmless until the intentions of the beholder defines the power of the beholdee.

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