A PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN A SWORD
The supreme duty of both the pen and the sword is to attack. Yet the pen is considered mightier, since it is more discrete and reasonable in its attack than-the sword which is irrational and ruthless. Moreover in the epigram pen is mightier than the sword. The pen is symbolic of the conscience of humanity and the sward of exploitation and oppression. Hence it is only natural that the pen should triumph over the sword. The history of mankind holds an eloquent testimony to this.
It can be seen that with the advance of civilization man has learnt more and more to dispense with the sword. The infant years of human civilization witnessed the welding of sword by men of his livelihood. But now a civilized man equips his infant to face the world with a pen. The futility of the sword to solve human problems has been well recognized. Thus, the advance of civilization has ended in the supremacy of the pen.
Again, it can be seen that wars seldom entitle countries or men to greatness. The Roman civilization is still admired not for its vastness under the caser, but for the Pax Romana. In this sense to the pen is greater.
The pen is superior over the sword in another sense too. In the absence of the inspiration provided by the pen, the sword has always been inert. Right from the American Revolution, up to the Russian Revolution, all the great Revolutions of the world were preceded by an intellectual revolution. But the sword could never inspire the pen. The Golden age in cultural activities of all countries was attained during times of peace.
However, there have always been men blind to these trends of history. Despots do have had a great dislike for the pen as it stood in the way of their selfish interests.There was a Chinese emperor Wahg Cheng, burnt Volutes of writings. More recently in a number of dictatorial countries and other communist countries, the freedom of the pen has been ruthlessly curbed.
There is another threat to the freedom of the pen in this modern age is world poverty. The establishment of the supremacy of the pen in the prelude to banishing poverty from the country.
Thus it can be seen that the pen has always been reigning supreme over the sword, and whenever the process was reversed, it invariably did spell misery.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
I negate the resolution: The pen is mightier than the sword. Intelligent humans probably would agree that if you took into perspective what written or spoken insult is, that is quite pathetic compared to the sword. Any intelligent human would also realize that others opinions really shouldn't affect them if they are of stable mind and personality. Any insult spoken or written is just a product of human behavior developed over centuries. For instance the middle finger was invented during the Hundred Years War. When a French bowman was captured by the British, they would cut off his middle finger, so that even if he did escape, he could not use a bow anymore. When French bowman escaped with there fingers intact, they would flick the British off in a "you didn't get my finger" retaliation. Somehow, today's society converted this into the phrase "f*** off". This is just one example of how insults communicated in a non-physical manner are just misinterpreted trinkets of history. Insults come and go as well, almost in a cyclic process, deeming them inconstant. This is opposed to physical abuse or contact as a result of anger, which is evident all over the animal kingdom, including human society. "The sword" has always been apart of history. It is clearly more effective in warfare, as demonstrated with Korea's nuclear weapon stockpiling, the Iraq war, and the war in Palestine. You don't see soldiers screaming "your mom" at the enemy do you?
I therefore continue to negate the resolution because of "the pen's" inconstancy, inertness, and pathetic stature when compare to the sword.
I disagree. The written or spoken insult is not pathetic compared to the sword. Think of the power of the media. How "gossip," and lies, or indeed the truth can destroy a person's reputation. Something many people would consider to be of the highest importance. The Pen is everything BUT pathetic. Without the pen society would be nothing that it is today. The Laws and theories of scientists such as Newton and Darwin would not exist. Our outlook and knowledge on life, would be entirely different and the work of other scientists, could not have evolved or advanced in the way it has, if it all, without the influence of it's predecessors and the pen. Furthermore, Religion would be entirely different without the Bible, the Qur'an, the Torah or any other holy book you care to name. How different would the lives of millions of religious people be today, without the pen.
It is often said, that the root of all wars, is religious. In which case, if our view of religion was altered, as indeed it would be without the religious texts, then perhaps war would not ensue. Then, there would be no need for swords to be drawn. In this way, the pen begins war and provides an opportunity for the use of the sword. Likewise, it ends war, in the form of treaties and so removes the opportunity for the use of the sword. In this sense, the pen has the ultimate power over the sword, dictating it's use.
Surely "Mein Kampf" the book Hitler wrote whilst in prison, is indicative of the pen's power. He managed to change the mindsets of millions. Something a sword could not do.
How do we know all of this?! How was it that you were able to recount the story of how the middle finger was invented during the hundred year war? How was it that you were able tell of the Iraq war, Korea's nuclear weapon stockpiling and of the war in Palestine?! I presume it was because you have read of this or been taught this? In this way you have lost your ignorance through the written word. How was it that you were even able to put forward your argument? Through the pen. It is the pen, that enables a city, a country, a generation, a world to access knowledge that would not be otherwise available to them. A sword does not reap such benefits.
Whilst it is the sword that may drive a person to their grave. It is the pen, that enables them to live on, through statistics and history. Even the pen, has the power to defeat death a sword does not.
I thought this debate was about insults vs. physical abuse.... I give my opponent the win based on the premise of such a clever and vague resolution.
Okay, thank you. I apologise for not making that clearer from the outset and look forward to debating again with you in the future! Thank you.
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