2010 – National 3rd Place Award Winner

Derek Krouch, Minnesota.

Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

In regards to the question “Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?”, I feel that the exact opposite in this disposition. This question has been debated back and forth, but from recent ongoing in society, it has pushed me towards the sword. Although the pen may be able to resolve some issues created by the sword, ultimately; I feel that violence creates a more resounding impact that the pen.

In the past, many have used violence as a tactic to create fear, the ultimate power of those that want to create an impact, whether positive or negative. between 1975-1979, Pol Pot of the Khmer Rouge managed to gain power and kill millions of innocent Cambodians in his new regime of power. by creating this government that managed to create the second worst genocide in history, this lesser known mass killings has affected many people of the world, especially descendants of the survivors of this mass genocide. I feel that the violence that was created by the Khmer Rouge will never be forgotten’ the resounding effect that Pol Pot and his regime was able to create will forever live in the hearts of millions upon millions of people across the world as a dark chapter in humanity.

In recent years, violence has also been a major contributor to create a resounding impact on society. Whenever one is to turn on the news in daily life, the majority of the things seen are violence related. Conflicts across the world, murders, acts of terrorism; these few examples are just a small glimpse of the majority of mainstream news that make it into the living rooms of every American every night. In recent memory, the Word Trade Center attacks still hold a gripping effect on billions across the world. By looking at the acts from any standpoint, they were vulgar and grotesque. The violent acts of Al-Qaeda that morning caused thousands of Americans to lose their lives and it will be and event forever remembered. The violent acts will never be forgotten; they will be a depressing chapter in the minds of billions in society who learned of the bitter acts.

After examining the question “Is the pen Mightier than the Sword?”, one can see that I feel that the sword is much mightier than the pen. Although the pen can be used to heal, the sword creates effects that can never be erased. In conclusion, the sword causes irreversible damages that never can be taken back. The despair that it brings causes lasting impacts that never can be annulled.


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