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Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)
By E.J. Swanson
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Growing up in the era of movies like “The Three Musketeers” with Gene Kelly and “Joan of Arc” with Ingrid Bergman, I romanticized about the grace and beauty of sword fighting. The most effective duelist
seemed to be in complete control of his opponent at all times. Very often he would remove his opponents epee from his hand, pick it up, offer it back and continue the fight. Thus becoming the hero and winner of the duel.
Sometimes duels were not fought to “the death”, but simply fencing bouts. Those bouts could be as beautiful as a ballet to me. In my mind I could almost imagine them being put to music.
Finally, my big chance came at school when we had opportunity to have fencing lessons taught as a part of our Phys Ed Classes. I jumped at the chance visualizing myself to look like Joan of Arc at the front of the French Army. But I had absolutely no athletic ability. Alas, my “EnGarde” drew snickers and giggles from the class on-lookers. That was regrettable enough, but my “Lunge” was accompanied by a tangle of a back leg and a bent front leg that resulted in a very ungraceful fall. One would have to be a sixteen year old high school girl to fully understand the humiliation. My fencing career at an end. The power that I visualized having control over an opponent with absolute grace and beauty was not to be.
I threw a pity party. I was the guest of honor and the only attendee. My self esteem was at an all time low. I really felt I had nothing to offer of importance that could possibly make a difference in this world.
“Enter”, English Professor as if right on cue. He offered me a beautiful Schaeffer’s Ink Pen and a white tablet and said, “here, write! Use the gift God gave you. You will find power in the written word. You will be able to share it’s grace and beauty with everyone who reads. It will be more powerful than any sword you ever will yield.”
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