The pen is a sword. We choose to unsheathe it—or not.
By Laura Genn
Sometimes, it’s the small things that are the most powerful. This is particularly true for the pen. By all appearances, it’s nothing special, but as has been said for years, “The
pen is mightier than the sword.” Most
of us have heard this phrase before, but
the problem is that we often fail to take
it literally. This is especially problematic
for the next generation. If their teachers
don’t equip them with the power of writing, no one will.
The pen isn’t only a tool—it’s a weap-
on, and it’s available to anyone who takes
the time needed to learn how to wield
it. Of course, we can leave it to rust and
gather dust in a dark corner. We can
hack and swing and slash clumsily about
with it, never quite managing to accom-
plish what we set out to do, or we can lift
the sword, carefully weighing it in our
hands, and begin to learn the proper way
of using it.