I don't like the saying "The pen is mightier in the sword."
I've known from a young age what that saying means. It means that you should use your words to convince others rather than your muscles. The pen can win any battle with only proverbial bloodshed.
But is it really the pen that is mighty?
What about the hand that wields the pen? After all, the hand is the mastermind of all of the pen's successes.
Without the hand, there would be no pen. So I say, the hand is mightier than the sword.
But the cutting edge of the blade is also guided by the hand. Where would the sword be if left in the sheath?
The hand is the director of the show. It guides the pen and sword, telling them where to move and what to say.
It is the knight charging into battle. It picks its weapon with careful precision.
The hand is the mastermind of the evil plot. It carries out its plans in thorough detail.
So in the end is it the pen that takes the victory or the hand?
Do the henchmen get credit for their leader's work?
They shouldn't. Why should the pen get credit for being the preferable instrument? The hand is the one that get to choose between the two, why not give it credit?
So I vote we change the saying. We give credit where it's deserved.
"The hand is mighty, choose your instruments wisely."