"The pen is mightier than the sword." Google that phrase and the origins and variations through out history of it is truly wondrous.  It is taken out of context with whatever origin you choose to follow, but the meaning behind the quote remains very powerful.
  I myself pondered it's meaning to great lengths over the past few days.  I originally remember hearing the phrase in Indian Jones, The Last Crusade, when I was a child.  At the time in the movie it is more of a pun, but the phrase has stuck with me over the years.
  Having been on both sides of the argument surrounding this phrase, I would have to say that I personally agree with it.  Words, whether written or spoken can do harm or good, it's all dependant on their meaning and desired outcome.  Swords or weapons have but one outcome, harm, even if the wielder intends to do good.  I'm not trying to come across as a tree hugger, as I said I have been on both sides of the argument and I happen to be an avid collector of swords, but think of it this way perhaps.  If someone kills another, some where in the world, is it not the written word and journalism that broadcasts it across the world, rallying people to either side of the conflict?
  In the perfect world, words would be enough to diffuse and solve any disagreement, but, alas, we are human and, like every other animal on the planet, we often resort to violence, even though we tend to be more extreme about it.
  That's just the thought in my head and I wanted to get it out.  Maybe, one day, the quote would even make a wonderful tattoo!!!
  Now on to some news.  Next week, I will be starting a new direction with this blog.  As a aspiring writer and editor, each week, I will be covering a basic english grammar rule.  I know that my own grammar is atrocious, and seeing as that I want to start school next year, I need to brush up on my rules.  I hope that it will help my readers with any writing endeavours.  I do not want to step on any toes, but I personally have been out of school for 10 years, and after sleeping through most of my grade 10 english classes that covered extensive grammar, I need the practice.
  If anyone has a grammar rule or topic that they would like covered, please leave a comment and I will be sure to look it up and reply with the answer.  And I will also make it a topic for a future post.
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