Monday, 17 December 2012

"The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword"

Words. Literature. Writing. Ways of expressing yourself, ways of showing the world who you are and what you think. The way in which we communicate. Communicate anything to anyone. People often take words for granted, don’t appreciate their importance. But without them, so much would be lost to us. They preserve memories, express opinions, create whole new worlds and ideas. People might say studying literature is a waste of time, that it has no use in the real world. But it allows us to understand that world. Fiction can be a means of escapism, but it teaches us life lessons, about people and experiences, about different ways of understanding the world. It stimulates us, presents new ideas, makes us question what we know and take for granted. Fiction, or any form of writing, is a way to express oneself, to give opinions on anything they choose – look at what I’m doing right now. Words allow us to be as blunt and straight-to-the-point as we choose, or adapt language, use subtle allegories and irony to express opinions that would otherwise be harshly judged. Words should be carefully and delicately chosen, as they can present an entirely different meaning through a tiny change in a single sentence. They carry great power and provide insight and understanding. Words are a way of showing the beauty of the world, and are a thing of beauty in themselves. They can take us to far-off lands, a means of escaping the mundane real world, or show us the beauty and magic within our own lives. Words let us tell the world who we are. And everyone has something to say. Not everyone may care or like what you have to say, but say it anyway. Because what you say matters. You don’t have to be an expert in literature or language or anything at all to say something important. Those same words we use daily, to say hello or order coffee, only have to be changed around marginally to express something far greater. Even if you don’t think what you have to say matters, it does, because it tells the world who you are. Words give us that power, to communicate, to learn, to know, to experience and to remember.
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