You’ve certainly heard the saying:
The pen is mightier than the sword
But why is it? Why does written word accompany the success and progression of a person or society?
Well, the answer is really quite simple, at least that is what is being claimed in this bit of type you’re reading now. It won’t be given; however, in just a few simple words. No complex forms of reason will be called upon to make this point.
Firstly, what are success and progress?
What does it mean to speak of progress or success being accompanied by or happening within the context of written words, or thoughts and communications having been immortalized far outlast the fleeting nature of spoken word (though not necessarily its influence).
Well, success means accomplishing ones goals, but progress means to move or advance; often toward a goal.
To keeping from limiting what this is about, how about define this kind of success or progress as a progressive success. It is that not only is progress being made toward goals, but that the goals are progressing themselves.
Now, what progresses goals? What about information? As people learn and grow, overcome obstacles, and find success; their goals progress along with the wisdom, experience and knowledge gained.
Secondly, and back to the point, what is unique to written words that give them this power?
Well, assuming they are of excellent quality, they don’t have to be repeated. If they’re not understood, they can be studied and analyzed in a way that spoken words cannot due to the temporal nature of spoken words. Also, spoken word is only goes as far as the air carries it, and it is only sometimes repeated by the hearer. Also worth noting, spoken word is rarely repeated accurately, so there is a very large win for the written word.
What is the biggest advantage though? The reputability, and long-lasting nature of copied print is certainly a feather in the cap of the pen and quill, but there must be something more…Something that actually proves it’s quality potential is so much greater…
Written word has a higher quality potential because the potential level of thought and depth that can go into each communication is far greater than spoken word.
Why is this possible? Because when speaking, the words must be crafted as they are delivered. With the written word, there is no limit of effort and time spent on crafting each thought to be communicated.
Now, and Finally, Why Does This Prove the Main Point?
Goals, and progress are informed by knowledge and experience. All of these can be immortalized and brought to live at an infinite level of depth through the medium of the written word. This is why the medium of written words is so important to me and why I seek to advance my writing skills. Seeking to use written words, written planning, and all forms of written communication is how I seek to provide services and products to my customers and growth in this area can only help me serve them better.
The pen is mightier than the sword because the ideas and thoughts that are immortalized by writing are what conquer the nations and shape the hearts of people in a far more ultimate sense than weaponry.
Authors like James Chartrand at Men With Pens understand the power of the written word, and learning from her how to better use the limitless tool of writing would not only be a great honor, but also greatly advance the services I render to my clients through the PMIT Group as I seek to Empower Intentional Progress Through Technique and Technology.