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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

power of metaphor and ideas
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Kathleen Reiter

on 15 September 2012

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Transcript of The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

"The pen is mightier
than the sword." "pen" is a metaphor for "sword" is a metaphor for "mightier" means the press?
words?
ideas?
knowledge brute force?
the government?
coercion?
threats? more influential?
longer lasting?
more powerful?
more motivating? Is it possible that a person could gain enough strength from an “Idea” to stand up to the threat of physical danger? or overcome physical oppression? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, "equal" means - alike?
size?
intelligence? dignity?
law?
rights?
opportunity?
autonomy?
privacy? Can an idea give someone enough strength to stand up to the threat of physical danger? On June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese army's deadly crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. An idea confronts brute force. Nelson Mandela / 27 years in prison for an idea. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel aftaid, but he who conquers that fear. An idea continues to grow. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. US Declaration of Independence (1776) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
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