The Pen is Mightier Than Sword
Wars form less than one-hundredth part of history. Brave deed and splendid valor were shown on the battle-field are certainly recalled time and again. But what the words and writings of great men have achieved, no clash of arms, however long and widespread, can achieve. “Peace”, it is said, “bath her victories no less renowned than war”, and peace creates conditions and an amiable climate in which the arts, including the art of writing, flourish. Even today many people believe that the use of force is necessary for good government and peace (Even today many people believe that the use of force is) in society. There are others who believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. The pen stands for positive and constructive efforts, but the sword always signifies negative postures and destruction all around. It takes decades for nations to re-build what wars destroy and to rehabilitate the countless victims of military aggression. And yet so unwise is the man that every now and then he prepares to pull the trigger. He apparently forgets that the ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Surely, the pen is the better of the two. But the sword is not without its use. In the world, there exist not only good, sincere, honest, and responsible people but also those who are wicked, dishonest, and highly unreasonable. No argument can convince them, no eloquence can persuade them, and then you are compelled to defend yourself. They may attack you without any good cause. At such time the sword is required. Where arguments fail, the sword succeeds. But this does not mean that the use of the sword is desirable. More often than not it has been misused. History reveals how kings and generals owned power and used it to oppress the people. Give a man the sword for good purposes and in most cases, he will use it for evil purposes.
But power resulting from knowledge must not be used arbitrarity nor should it make people proud or arrogant. The truly wise and knowledgeable person is humble, humility comes with knowledge even while power is being acquired.
But the sword, unfortunately, lends to become despotic and insolent. Unlimited power corrupts the possessor. The pen can solve many complex problems through explanations and sweet reasonableness. On the other hand resort to the sword does no such thing. Writers plead for progress and social reform. They enlighten people, thus making them better citizens. Every country’s future depends upon good citizens, not on those who can kill or maim. The pen is mightier because it gives good counsel, promotes cultural values and the graces of life, thus helping to remove cobwebs from society. During a war, the contestants relapse into barbarism war, on the contrary, destroys culture and negates the cultural values which writers and artists strive zealously to promote. Warriors work themselves up into a terrible state of excitement. The worst passions are aroused and the fighters begin to resemble their savage ancestors. Wars tend to destroy civilization, which the wielders of the pen consistently seek to advance.
There are some people who argue that resort to the sword and the compulsion of war encourage some virtues-fidelity, cohesiveness, tenacity, heroism, inventiveness, and physical vigor but this is largely an illusion. The pen can promote these virtues more effectively and permanently, while wars bring only temporary psychological or material gains.
All writers are, however, no constructive and benefactors of mankind. Some of them write sheer nonsense and resort to pornography and demoralizing literature. Such persons cannot be described as “Knights of the pen”. Rather, they are even greater enemies of society than war-mongers and inventors of destructive weapons.