The pen is mighty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE pen is a pow­er­ful in­stru­ment. It can write love let­ters, or lyrics to beau­ti­ful songs.

The words of a pen can bring peace and har­mony to its read­ers. Words of sym­pa­thy, good wishes, joy. It gives us hu­mour by let­ting us laugh at our­selves in a light­hearted way.

Yet the pen can cut like a knife, deep in some­one's heart. It can in­sult, ridicule and be of­fen­sive.

In th­ese tor­rid times, maybe we should ex­ert a lit­tle more re­spect, cour­tesy and tol­er­ance to other cul­tures and re­li­gions, even if some are rad­i­cal, as we would like to have to­wards our­selves.

The mighty pen can pla­cate volatile sit­u­a­tions.It can try to make the un­rea­son­able un­der­stand that in this world we are all dif­fer­ent and need to be able to ac­cept each other. Ridicule and of­fence only adds fuel to the fire of hate.


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