Friday, 31 July 2015

Is Pen Really Mightier Than The Sword?

"The pen is mightier than the sword."-Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I do not exactly remember when, I first heard this proverb, shall I say, but if my memory does not betray me, it was when I was in 5th Grade, participating in a debate-contest. This very line was a part of my words, on the topic, 'Peace-A Need of Time.' Until now, I have always been in agreement with it, but is a pen really mightier than the sword? Why not decide this now.

Words penned down by a pen possess immense and extraordinary power over us. From the start of the day till the very end, from our first word to our who We have all uttered a humongous amount of words; meaningful and meaningless. Words, as I've heard, can turn someone's night into day, can save a person from the depths of hell, and can leave a forever imprint on lives. Words truly do matter, but one thing I have learned is that there is always a 'but'. Let me know, would you rather have someone tell you that they love you, or prove it to you by actions? Would you rather have someone tell you that everything would be okay or have them hold your hand and squeeze it, wrap an arm around you, give you a shoulder to cry on, and a chest to bury your head in and physically be there? Should asking someone, who is ill, over text not be sufficient? Then why visit them, with a bouquet of flower in hand and a nice story to tell in mind?

One's words can harm someone they say and so I have heard. Would you rather have me call you an asshole, your wife a bitch, tell your daughter she is two-faced and your son that nothing will become of him or have me come down at your house, shoot a bullet through your son's head, throw acid on your daughter's face, burn your wife to ashes, and stab you right in the heart? What hurts more? If it's the words that do, giving threats would be as much or more useful than placing a gun on a man's temple. If it's the words that do, people would not act more obediently when you have a gun pointing at them.

If words did possess as much as I have heard, we would've stuck to books and text. We would not be out here actually living life and showing our children how things are done.
People come out on streets, protest, and show what they think. Could they not have stayed indoors and wrote about it? The words of a leader, gain far lesser trust than his actions. Helping others yourself is more likely to bring a change than writing about it.
The ongoing, peace disrupting, cruel and barbaric war in Gaza, the constant nefarious attacks on Palestinians: Do they not bring our hearts to ache more than any novel or story we've ever read? If pen, after all, is mightier than sword, then why have our words not made much of a difference up-till now? Are words as powerful are they rumored to be?

Is pen really mightier than sword? Let me answer it this way: Has this article and these words of mine really made a difference or created a change in your thoughts or would it have been more effective had I come down barging on your door with a revolver in my hand? Lastly, why didn't Edward Bulwer-Lyton, let the play 'Richelieni or the conspiracy' stay paper and ink, instead of having it performed? Maybe, actions speak louder than words.

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