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Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)
TITLE: The Pen is Mightier than The Sword
By Theresa Santy
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. This turn of phrase, often expressed with rhythmic inflection by prancing school children, has been utilized so many times it has degenerated to cliché.
It is also untrue.
The natural healing process of a physical injury causes a tangible evolution to wellness. We feel it. We see it. We know it is happening. Often, wounds from sticks and stones, ranging from bruising to lacerations result in little more than scarring, and the prompting of the story of ‘how it happened’ to be retold for decades of holidays.
But damage from offensive words can penetrate a depth beyond multiple layers of skin, taking root in one’s psyche. Injuries from words are impalpable, obscure—often we don’t even know they exist—and we may eventually fail to recover from such assaults.
Experienced writers clearly understand the connection between their thoughts and their pen, as it relates to the ability to place words onto a communication medium. Once ink has been transferred to paper, an idea is launched; a message is spread, and then absorbed. Like a nuclear explosion. Tap boom ripple, ripple, and ripple.
The mighty command of the pen enables an author to secure an audience and possibly capture a part of its soul. With this power, the author can choose to participate in wars of destruction, writing with blended applications of deception, manipulation, and degradation. Indeed, flocks of citizens have fallen to harm and confusion from these varieties of written works.
Conversely, the author can choose to utilize these powers to engage in wars of progression, expressing themes of truth, wisdom, and courage. It is not inconceivable for a nation to become inspired, challenged, or even revitalized with essays such as these.
The question is: how will you employ your weapon?
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