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The Pen
Ah the good old pen. Enabling you to write things down! Write things down using words, letters or numbers. Things that are useful to you or other people. Things that you'd like to remember better than just trying to remember it alone can do! And since the pen lets you write things down, you don't have to remember them as you have them all written down for you already. Which makes remembering them easier.

And the pen itself, it's such a small thing, yet it's through using pens that so much stuff has happened throughout history. From writing down all those legal articles and agreements that go back hundreds of years. Even though the pen itself has only really been with us for a few hundred years now. Before that they used to Quills and fountain pens. And before that they used to use pencils, and before that lumps of coal!

But the pen itself has been used by many people throughout time to write amazing stories and novels that are amazing books that stand the test of time. And other books, literature etc that have been used by people, businesses and even armies etc for coming up with written plans of attack. Or written messages of the enemies whereabouts and doings etc.

And the pen is such a useful and powerful too. Simply because you can use it to write powerful words which can motivate things to happen! Like actual large revolutions taking place simply because of something someone wrote down.

The pen really does have a lot to say for itself! It's almost like in fact that with a pen, you'll never run out of things to say, unless you run out of ink!

Pros
  • The pen can be used to write things down on like on paper and cardboard packages etc.
  • The pen can be used to write important documents and other literature, even novels, stories, screenplays etc.

Cons
  • The pen can sometimes run out of ink and need replacing completely with a new pen.
  • The pen isn't really no match in a sword fight as the sword will swiftly deal the ending blow before you can even finish writing this sentence!

Supporters

Rhomhie Morelh Campo

Pen! Pen! Pen!

A pen is for knowledge, when we hear about pen one thing that comes inside our min is that, it is so common we just throw it away we would just let anyone borrow it and just take it for granted, and so forth we all knew pen is mightier than a sword imagine in our country in the Philippines we have our national hero named Jose P. Rizal who only used a pen to awaken the mind's of the fellow Filipino's against the oppression of the Spaniards during the early 1800's he used the pen to create a novel which inspired many people to do what is right and justice may prevail.
Posted by Rhomhie Morelh Campo on 05-18-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Couldn't have said it better myself, I feel exactly the same way. I don't understand people who say "might makes right is the absolute law of nature". The pen is knowledge, knowledge is power, and knowledge applied becomes a true power.

Just like your hero in the Philippines, you can awaken more people through a pen, then you ever can with a sword.
Anonymous

Has to be the pen

If you look at the numbers, it's an easy choice. One blow with the sword can kill one man. One swipe of the pen can potentially make or destroy an entire country. How many lives did the Declaration of Independence e or the Emancipation Proclamation affect? Those are two prime examples of what the pen is capable of.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-25-2017
Shortie

Has to be the pen!

Killing is never a way to solve any kind of problem, it only makes the problem go away but never solves it therefore the sword would only mask the problem by eliminating the person who is causing the problems but there will always be more people behind that person ready to continue.

With a pen you can write down ways to be able to eliminate such problems occurring such as rules, laws or even in some circumstances to sign agreements. Because of the ability to be able to do things like that it prevents people from wanting to kill such as with the sword, therefore I see the pen being mightier than the sword.

Posted by Shortie on 05-06-2017
centurion

I love the Pen

Hello Have a wonderful day.

I love the pen to write history or document or books. Our teachers has been written the Books and we got that books to study and we have passed school, college, university and upper degrees. Now a days technology has been changing. Every books are coming on line to buy as a PDF format. Now a days, students are buying teachers books from on line.Some times teachers written documents are available on On line. Students are collecting the lectures of hand written from school, college and university level On line labs.

Pens are necessary for every one. There is no house in this world may be who does not have a pen.

Thanks Centurion

Posted by centurion on 05-05-2017
Atropia

Write your way

Why solve arguments with brute violence of a sword, where instead, you can write laws to prevent further accidents to occur.

Passing movements that will uphold cultural acceptance, racial indifferences, and love for everyone.

Posted by Atropia on 05-04-2017
mesush

The pen of course

As the old saying goes, 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and that's true to a great extent. You can't win a war with a sword in your hands but you can certainly prove your point if you have a good writing ability. So the pen for me...
Posted by mesush on 05-12-2017
Gaince

In the modern age the pen wins

In the olden days, getting power was done by killing the last person in power who was generally a king but nowadays any attempts of gain power with violence will work against you as most people love to live in a democracy and hate it when they see people trying to attack their way to the top. People like to listen to arguments and vote in whoever sounds the best to them. This is why you have seen a verity of groups try to censor people, in recent history it was the right wing but nowadays the left wing is trying to silence people in order to stay in power.
Posted by Gaince on 05-05-2017
contracterboss

Pen wins!

In old times when there was not much focus on education the people would kill each other just for minor things. Now pen (education) have made huge difference in the society. A well educated men will never have to struggle for anything like money. With pen you can prevent wars, because with education a persons gets the sense of damage done to humans and other countries. with education he learns to value other human beings and tend think about them too.
Posted by contracterboss on 05-06-2017
TheArticulate

Writer, not a Fighter

I'm a writer, not a fighter. Hence the reason I think the pen would a much more powerful tool for me. The pen helps me convey my thoughts, opinions and emotions via text or writing to other people, even those around the globe.

I also enjoy filmmaking and script writing, so being able to write my ideas down and develop them further is a blessing.

Posted by TheArticulate on 05-13-2017
Krimzen

"The pen is mightier than the sword!"

That's how the saying goes, and it goes that way for good reason too. Being able to solve conflicts and make decisions without the need to bring violence or conflict into the mix always results in a better result, that is fair to all sides, even if some dedication and patience is required to reach a better outcome.

Unless you mean literally, in which case the sword is obviously better, good luck cutting someone down with a pen.

Posted by Krimzen on 05-07-2017
dap1900

The pens for sure.

Killing is not a peaceful solution for many issues, it would advocate the problems to become more violent and harder to solve. The pens are more peaceful, diplomatic, and intelligent method to resolve those problematic topics. You don't have to kill to win fights, do you? Most people don't like being physically injured, right?
Posted by dap1900 on 05-10-2017
iamawriter

Pen rules

When I resigned from a job and asked my boss to write in my autograph he scribbled this 'Pen is mightier than the sword' Although it made me feel indispensable I felt I had let down my boss just because I got a better job and I got that job by using my pen. What one achieves by physical force is short lived and temporary. When two countries sign a deal that achieves more than a war between the two countries.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-16-2017
eva.ling

Knowledge is Power

The person who has the most information and ability to manipulate that to his advantage wins, sword or no sword. So I think the pen IS mightier than the sword because that is where knowledge, power and dreams come from. The sword can be might, but only to a certain extent. A pen can stop a sword... with a few well written words. :)
Posted by eva.ling on 06-05-2017
kovacs

Intelligence is the greatest human asset

The pen is a symbol for human intelligence. Now think about it, what really is it that sets us apart from other species? Well you got it, it's our intelligence. Did by any chance we become the most successful species on Earth by punching our way through it? Nope, a gorilla or even a chimp is much stronger than the average human. Of course, we still fight each other to this very day, but most of the progress we've been fortunate to made was thanks to wits and intelligence, not brute force and violence.
Posted by kovacs on 05-15-2017
kamar19

the Pen is the winner

The pen has the ability to control nations. the pen gives you knowledge, and also the pen can wright down lies, which can device many. In war the pen truly has more power than the sword. the Sword works temporality, but to control the minds and the people long term , the pen has the power.
Posted by kamar19 on 06-03-2017
EarlAlexander

pen is mightier

pen is indeed mightier than a sword, knowledge they say is life, without knowledge someone would not be able to face the new development of his country in both technological and mechanical aspect,as of now the world is turning into a global village where by the use of sword and gun wont be able to speak. technological development and overall development is as a result of education, education is a pen which ink will never get dry, education is a life long process and will never end, it is from cradle to death. when someone lack education he wont be able to use those power acquire and will always request for a scholar or an adviser.
Posted by EarlAlexander on 05-22-2017
Mark.c

Knowledge is the Key

In a fight, 9/10 the sword's physical attributes will win. However, in the right hands, with the knowledge and know how, the pen can end the fight before it even begins. Wisdom tells us that it is better to avoid the fight when possible. So, let the pen be the tool by which wisdom is transferred to the barer of the sword. If it comes down to it, and a written apology is not enough, with the pen, write the wrong address and time for the dual and give person with the sword. Avoidance...
Posted by Mark.c on 05-23-2017
jms777

The pen can teach you how to use the sword

I just feel like those who become absorbed in being a macho warrior are sometimes blinded by their emotion and will power. Doing what ever it takes to uphold this. Those who decided to learn all forms of knowledge can be at ease in knowing who and what they are. Nothing to uphold.
Posted by jms777 on 05-26-2017
Clara1993

The Pen

The pen is a weapon , Even if the ink finishes Pen conects dirrecly to the heart and Mind You can Still Close your eyes and imagine noting things with your pen without ink lol :-)
Posted by Clara1993 on 06-02-2017
Lizzyib

The keyboard is the new pen

Of course the pen! In this modern age, the new pen is obviously a keyboard. Almost all our battles are fought through email, on forums, or even via text message.
Posted by Lizzyib on 06-07-2017
lordrenly

Intelligence is power

If you look at the world right now, people that have complete dominance and control over others are the intelligent type instead of the physically stronger ones. Even in a role traditionally dominated by the physically fit ones such as sports team and military, you notice that the one on top are the one with power of intellects, experiences, and insights.

Even if we compared it with the medieval times where the discussion of pen or sword might matter, we even noticed that he knights are actually controlled by the lords or kings who are considered to be the more intellect types and even they are ranked below the church.

Posted by lordrenly on 06-10-2017
Linen

Both hold influence, but the pen's is much larger

The bearer of the sword might be able to kill a few men (or women, or children; the general idea stands). This aspect of the sword can't be denied. However, the bearer of the pen can influence the thought of many others toward said sword bearer. For every act of violence that's been done, there's been at least one pen writing about that event, coloring it with their own views (or lack thereof), telling the world about what happened - for good, or for ill.

As a general philosophy, the acts of both the pen and sword act much more swiftly than ever before, yet the information of the pen spreads like wildfire. False and misleading information can be spread very quickly in the internet age, and that will stick in someone's mind well after any changes or corrections occur, if at all. Each proverbial stroke of the pen counts even more than it has ever before.

Posted by Linen on 06-12-2017
BubblyWiz

Pen!

If we're talking about the metaphor, the pen is way, way stronger than the sword. Words can solve a lot more than violence, but only on the condition that both parties have a certain level of diplomacy.

If you meant the literal way, I would still go for the pen. Not only can you influence a lot of people with written words (laws, newspapers, etc), but you could, in the case of an emergency, stab someone. Metaphorically, this wouldn't count. Mostly because the pen symbolizes diplomacy and the sword symbolizes violence, but in real life, you could easily injure someone with a pen.

Posted by BubblyWiz on 06-14-2017
VintageRose

Creation vs. Destruction.

The sword starts and ends the wars, and while it provides victory against the enemy, it also provides destruction, for all sides involved.

The pen, however, has has provided progression and evolution in society, something the sword has never been able to do. And what would we be without progress? The pen builds what the sword destroys, and the pen also allows the sword to evolve and become stronger, more powerful.

Humans are what they are thanks to their smarts, not their strength, and we've managed to rule Earth above all other living beings just by it.

How can a sword be mightier than that?

Posted by VintageRose on 06-24-2017
SashaS

Keeanu Reeves!

If John Wick can take out an army of trained guards with a pen, then there is definitely no need for a sword! Without the pen, mankind would have no medium with which he can express his thoughts, opinions and ideas. A pen is a heck of a lot more useful and can at least serve the purpose of a sword in self-defense. As long as you aren't getting yourself in trouble, there is no need for a pen.
Posted by SashaS on 06-23-2017

The Sword

The Sword
The sword. A long solid sliver of metal, often sharpened on one edge but sometimes on two (double edged sword). And the sword has been around for centuries even thousands of years and is one of the most basic, yet still very lethal methods of arms that one could defend themself with. And while the sword has largely been replaced by the gun. It's still used by a lot of armies and certain countries and people to this day!

And the sword is a very haughty and often very heavy weapon to carry with you. They come in all different shapes and sizes, some are long and straight. Some are short and curved. There's so many different types of sword names and types that go back throughout the centuries by many different countries throughout time.

And the sword has been the tool and weapon of choice for so many armies and soldiers. For without his sword, the soldier would have to use his hands or his shield to attack and defend with and those are often quickly overcome with a sword. And that shows that the sword can be used both offensively and defensively too.

Now obviously, you cannot carry a sword around with you today! You'll get stopped, tackled to the ground and handcuffed quicker than you can say "I need a lawyer"! But some places still use them for show. Examples are the guards outside of the Royal Palace.

But the sword is just a sword at the end the day. It can't do anything on its own, it needs to be held by the swordsman to use it. And the sword can't write! Not unless you was using it to make words in the sand or on a large rock but then it would become scratched and blunt and that's why you don't use swords to write with in the rock!

Pros
  • The sword is a very useful tool and weapon for defending yourself with and for the offensive tactical moves against enemies.
  • The sword comes in many different shapes and sizes and types and is used a lot for commemorative and decorative purposes.

Cons
  • The sword is a heavy thing to carry around although it would never run out of ink like a pen does or bullets like a gun can.
  • The sword can become blunt and need constant sharpening so it's working at its optimum effectiveness.

Supporters

Mahshiemonalisa

philosophy only

The pen is mightier than the sword is simply a philosophy. You can approach life from this viewpoint, however, the reality is that violence can accomplish much. I wish it were not this way, but it sadly is. People will succumb to fear and will be controlled if they are threatened with violence. I probably would myself. I like the idea that more can be accomplished through changing philosophy, through creating different ideals with words, however, in reality, the sword is very mighty and I'm not sure that this simple phrase is true.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 05-25-2017
QuickSilverD

So naive

I see so many naive people here. writing how you wish things were instead of how they are.

Might makes right is the absolute law of nature. The strong decide, weak follow. I see people here are confusing the sword that maintains civilized society with a pen.

We live in a society where murder and desire are curtailed but don't forget that it is the threat of force that maintains this order in it. For should anyone break the rules of civility they shall be chased down by the mighty force of the state and deprived of their liberty.

Just because the mighty of this era (the state) have decided to act benevolently doesn't erase the fact that it is still by force that order is maintained in the modern society. If you ever doubt it just pick a history book and review the history of humanity when someone stronger decided that the way of things was not the right one.

Posted by QuickSilverD on 05-07-2017
idealmikey
Very interesting and very true too. We live in a world dominated by written words. Words that come from the top. But that doesn't always make it right. It's only when the strong decide, hang on, this isn't right and a movement is formed that we have a revolution and a change. But even then, it's always the pen that that writes about the story at the end of the day.
Zyphir

The sword.

All the pretty words in the world detailing all of the do's and don'ts that every person is allowed to do. Doesn't mean anything if there wasn't a sword to back it up and uphold the written law. Words on paper don't stop crime but the threat of having more swords helps to curtail it.
Posted by Zyphir on 05-14-2017
gkillian

Everything needs to be backed

This really depends on how you want to define 'might'. The pen certainly gets a lot more done, especially in this day and age, but that's because what the sword represents - violence - isn't usually a very good first answer. But it can make an absolutely excellent answer.

The sword is absolutely foundational to the Pen's capabilities. As QuickSilverD noted, 'might makes right', and at a very fundamental level, the government (or state) derives their power from a monopoly on the use of violence. (Namely, the right to overwhelm whatever you can bring to bear if you use it in a way deemed unlawful).

Fortunately for those of us who would prefer not to live a Hobbesian nightmare, we live in a society where the Sword need only serve as a reminder that we might want to resolve things with the Pen first, if we can only come to an agreement.

Posted by gkillian on 05-13-2017
lexcion

Sword Wins in the End

The knowledge of the pen can only get you so far, but for a pen to be effective you also need someone else in the spectrum with power (or a sword). In this society, the pen could be the superior but in the end, a duel between brain vs brawn will always end up with the muscle trampling intelligence.
Posted by lexcion on 06-05-2017
arachnophobik

Dead men tell no tales...

Since we all know both are useful for different reasons, I'm going to take the quote that has been thrown around quite a lot here: "The pen is mightier than the sword".

In the perspective of people who use pens, yes it is true that it is a powerful tool. A simple writing can change a person's life, for better or for worse. Just like how news stations can be biased towards a political party simply by following scripts written in ink. The pen can destroy a person, and ruin lives, even for generations to come. BUT...

The sword.. You don't use it for anything else but to kill. In a way, "self defense" is just people's way of saying "it's either me or him". The sword is able to take a life a hundred times easier than a pen, the pen may ruin my image but what good does it do if there's nothing else to ruin?

The sword is mightier than the pen, because in context of a war, you can never rely on your pen to save yourself. They have stated that the pen "awakens people". For what? To fight back? With what? With more pens? In the end, when all hell breaks loose, we will all hold the blade and we will all shed blood for the ones we are trying to protect.

Posted by arachnophobik on 06-14-2017

Comments

Kerronbillouin36
If we want to go on philosophical logic , we can argue that the pen is mightier than the sword in terms of civility because in this modern society people resolve things by writing laws and these laws will indicate which route will we go by judgement by sword (death penalty) or by leniency (jail term).. But if we went on realistic logic, well if I'm being attack an I had a choice between a sword and a own well 'duh', the sword comes first.
Posted by Kerronbillouin36 on 05-08-2017
mesush
I am a software engineer but not ashamed to admit that the pen is still one of the technical tools that I use frequently. I agree that I work on different gadgets like desktops, laptops and tablets but I feel better while drawing pictures or taking notes with a pen during the meetings I attend. And why I am telling this in a debate for sword or pen because I can see myself winning most times with my pushy bosses with swords in their hands... well almost. I think I can take a sword easily but using a pen is a technical job.
Posted by mesush on 05-12-2017
Art Over Homework
I believe that you need both. You need the pen to communicate with other people, and to write laws and rules so people do not hurt each other or themselves. However, you need a sword to make sure the laws and rules are followed. A piece of paper with writing on it will not stop ISIS. A sword will. However, if everyone tried to fight evil by themselves it would be a chaotic mess But a piece of paper can teach us how to use the sword organize us to fight together.
Posted by Art Over Homework on 05-16-2017
vinaya
Pen is mightier than the sword is just a cliche. Read the history and then you will understand where does a pen stand and where sword stands. The empires were made by sword and not the pen. How did the United States became free, from war of independence. How was the modern France created, from battles and wars. There were great thinkers in ancient Rome and Greece, however, these empires were not created from pen, but from sword.
Posted by vinaya on 05-19-2017
MsDivine
I am going to comment on the pen vs the sword them both being in my opinion weapons used mentally and physically in different ways as a form of defense, which in some ways are seen and other ways heard. The comparison I am making is not to say which that I prefer to use but more so a reasonable outcome when one or the other is used. Physically a pen can be used to actually stab someone/ thing just have to use a reasonable amount of force whereas physically using a sword just takes a small flick of the wrist. Both ways can have a very bloody gruesome outcome. In this instance though it is more likely that the harm done is the main difference. I believe it is safe to say that it is easier to cause death swinging a sword versus objectionable force with a pen depending on the position/ location of the initial successful stab. Another physical example for a pen would be the writing used by the pen in order to inflict internal pain usually hard to decipher versus physically seeing a sword which implies how much pain one could be in if used which is not that hard to decipher. Usually ones fear and panic can be seen outwardly but in this instance sometimes it too can be hard to decipher.
Posted by MsDivine on 05-21-2017
Neiltarquin
A man holding a sword means he is going to do something. A man holding a pen, shows that he is planning to do something. I would rather be holding a sword rather than holding a pen because I want action. Meaning i want things to happen, not imagining what might happen if I plan something. it may look like holding a sword is a violent way to solve anything, but would you rather see someone charging into battle to save you rather than reading a letter saying someone is saving you.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-10-2017
JMS
What is the meaning of the word 'Might?' It is a noun meaning strength, power, force or vigour and robust.

All of these qualities can be found in both the pen and the sword. The sword because wars have been waged and won by using the sword. The pen because planning and the writing of words can be just as lethal. I would say they are equal.
Posted by JMS on 06-10-2017
jyy
If you don't think the pen is mightier than the sword, then try to post some unpopular opinions on social media. It's like setting off World War III. Well, I can say that the pen will definitely - bring on the sword, for sure. Anyway, as I was implying, words really cause a reaction in people, while the appearance of a weapon or some kind of show of power - like say some bodybuilder showing off his body - is often ignored.
Posted by jyy on 06-11-2017
freebird37
Considering a sword is not a practical thing that we can actually use in everyday life, I have to say the pen is mightier than the sword. Words are extremely powerful. We use words to get our point across, to convey important messages, to debate, to report, we use the pen for everything literal. Using a pen can change lives, and educate. A sword brings images of violence, whereas a pen brings images of personal opinions and information. Information is critical, we can't write with a sword. There are lots of times we wish we could use a sword, but it's unrealistic. The power of the pen is limitless.
Posted by freebird37 on 06-24-2017