But without a specific ideology to follow, wouldn't the sword lose all its power?
@ajgibson0418 you debate this really well but I think that the flaw in your argument is in assuming that the negative consequences of the pen can not also occur as a result of the sword--for example, physical bullying and losing a fight will produce the same poor reputation as words will, it is not exclusive to words only
Awesome debate! I wish you guys spent more time talking about the positive impacts of both the sword and the pen because I think that is where the biggest difference is. The pen is mightier in today's day and age because the sword cannot do anything without the approval of the pen. Wars are both started and ended by the pen. The pen can cause more positive change than the sword
@gabbykman the whole point of that of that one contention was just that the words have the same outcome as the sword grasping the same harms sticks and stones may break my bones but words hurt too
@ajgibson0418 right ok I see, but that doesn't necessarily help your argument since then the two are equally are harmful. I think the hardest thing to defend here would be that one causes more harm than the other since it is so subjective
Great debate. Loved your Ferver, Gibson. Didn't quite convince me but you made some great points that I had to ponder.
This is a great debate but I have to disagree about the ideology of religion in regards to this topic.
@entertaininu Interested in your point here... in what way?
@gabbykman most wars are started by the sword not by a pen and most wars are ended the same way especially in the biblical times.
On this topic- I was listening to a Hilsdale College lecture on Athens and Sparta. I think, given the example of these great cities in history, in the Long Run it is the pen that lives and the sword that dies. While Athens lives and we have great writings of the city of intellectual and personal pursuits, aka the pen, Sparta, a city that lived and died by the S-WORDS, is completely unknown and in ruins. All we know of it comes from Athens. Very interesting. http://lp.hillsdale.edu/athens-sparta-signup/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=athens_and_sparta