“Once again Phoenix is attempting to polarize this debate into good versus evil yet as he admits above swords and in effect pens are simply
BlackJackal is implying thoughts and words never said by me.
What I said was this,
“Weapons are but a tool of those holding differing ideologies.
The debate is really predicated on which of the following two ideologies is
superior. An ideal that holds freedom of the mind and spirit sacred, or an ideal based on oppression of the mind and spirit. I believe the former to
be true. The “pen” is the ideal of the human spirit to create, achieve, and give birth to ideas, philosophies, and great truths. The “sword” is the
ideal that power OVER a thing (or the power to destroy it) is superior to the act of creating it.”
The “pen” representing the written word (in turn representing ideas and ideals) has always been resilient to the corruption
entirely on the “sword” have been susceptible
* Without the ideals of freedom espoused and communicated in the Declaration of Independence the
revolution would have gone down in history as a minor uprising quickly quelled by the British army.
It was the motivation provided by the “pen” that enabled an inferior non-professional group of civilians
assembled into an army to defeat a far superior British army and navy. Without the ideals of freedom
communicated by the “pen” this revolution never would have happened.
* Without the power of the “pen”slavery would have been just another fact of life for those ignorant
subjects blindly following the sword-masters. There would have been no Civil War to fight without the ideals of freedom communicated by the “pen”
* The “cure” for cancer (although not generally in existence) did not just “pop” into your doctors head.
It took many years of basic research and scientific proof arrived at by researchers dedicated to finding
a cure. I guess if you were my debate opponent, it could claimed that a quick thrust by the sword would in fact “cure” your cancer permanently (how
* Dictators and Despots relying on the ideals of action, deeds, change and a misplaced sense of
accomplishment have indeed tried to use the “sword” as a means to an end. They have always in the
end failed in their attempts because ideas, communication, discovery and freedom are the stronger
human motivator. The most recent example of WW-II is a prime example of good and true ideals
overcoming the sword (used as a means to an end) representing nothing but oppression of the human
I have in a very direct fashion throughout this debate communicated that the “pen” considered to represent ideas, communication, discovery and freedom
is what drives people to overcome oppression, repression, war, destruction and force of will - all considered forces of evil by those of reason.
At times the “pen” (because its power was recognized by those with allegiance to the “sword”)
has been abused for short periods by Dictator and Despot alike to advance their positions. Interestingly they have always had to revert to the
temporarily and false power they perceive the “sword” to hold in order to make short-term gains. One has to ask, “where are they now?” to know the
truth of this statement
All by itself the sword holds no power at all, The sword wielded by the ignorant holds a very fleeting and temporary power that is an illusion. The
sword when wielded as a tool by those enlightened by the power of the “pen” allows the seemingly weak to overcome the strong (moral ideals vs. immoral
ideals) in the battle of the mind.
The attacks on 9/11 cited as a world-changing event by BlackJackel presents a good example of the forces involved in the struggle between good and
evil. I have asserted that this is the true basis of this debate.
Bin Laden has as a goal, religious takeover of first middle-eastern governments by indoctrination and force then western nations by the same means, a
“Jihad” if you like against ideas held by a religious minority.
If al-Qaedas sword was all-powerful why is Bin Laden hiding in the caves and mountains of Pakistan? Doe’s the almighty sword have no power to protect
him from the stronger western ideals? One has to wonder what he is afraid of, why is he hiding? Could it be he knows he holds inferior ideals? That
will not stand in the world court of opinion based on the power of the “pen” is that why he hides?
Maybe Bin Laden knows the truth; his movement can only succeed on the lie’s it’s based on and his “sword” is a false god.
No matter time passing the “pen” will always be victorious.