The Pen vs The Sword

By - Devina Bajaj, 11th Grade

We have all heard the saying, “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword”. This quote was penned by the English author, Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, indicating that communication (particularly written language), in interpretations, administrative offices or in advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct physical violence.

But pens have not won great historic battles for justice. Armed Forces across the world don’t protect borders with ink. So, is the pen really mightier than the sword?

On the other hand, swords have not signed great bills and laws into existence. Swords have not given people the power of education. People cannot express their feelings with this blade of steel. So, is the sword really mightier than the pen?

Sometimes, they may even have a co-dependent relationship. Articles and essays and controversial statements can spark battles, and it is only after battles that are fought that new laws can be signed.

It all boils down to choice. Real might belongs to the hand that knows when to pick up a pen and when to choose the sword. Real might is the hand and the mind that knows, whether he is more efficient with the sword or the pen.

Circumstances change, and our methods need to change according to them. Comparing two things that have different purposes is redundant. Love things for what they do, and don’t give one thing more worth by putting down another. Make your choice, not another’s.

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