Mightier Than the Pen

The pen is mightier than the sword. This is because the pen (or keyboard) communicates all-powerful ideas. Without an idea, the sword is meaningless, because there is no motivation for its use. Against the power of an idea whose time has come, mere weapons are conquered every time.

But is there anything mightier than the pen? Yes, yes there is… the guitar.

It ain’t called an axe for nothing. Its raw power, not to mention shape, inspire imaginations of standing on a hilltop (or stage), destroying all miserable foes with sheer brutal force. Wielding a mighty tool of raw masculine power, of ultimate destruction and rage, renders one unstoppable.

All poetic invocations aside, music is a formidable force that spreads ideas. Unlike the pen, however, the guitar communicates on a much more primal level. Instead of targeting the brain, it inspires emotions and imaginations. This makes the guitar far more formidable than the pen for a couple of reasons.

One, music goes straight for the emotions. Our feelings are what moves us to action. Powerful ideas can topple nations because they inspire people to rise up. But it’s not what an idea puts in people’s heads that makes them act, it’s what’s in their hearts. The written word goes for the head, which must then make its way into the emotions. Music goes straight for the heart. Straight for the results.

Two, because music directly targets the heart, it skips possible dissent. An idea written with words has to convince the reader. There can be disagreement, argument, debate. Only if it successfully convinces the mind does it then have the ability to travel to the heart. Music, by directly affecting the heart, skips the debate. It simply makes us feel. We can’t choose whether or not we agree with feeling a certain way. Music either works on someone or doesn’t. It can be very tricky to successfully inspire the right emotions through music. But if you can pull it off, there’s no stopping you.

Music has inspired millions and turned nations upside down, often completely unintentionally. If you can intentionally harness its power, you can be like a god. The sword is for amateurs and the lazy. The pen is for the earnest and dedicated. The guitar is for the truly brilliant and effective.

Don’t start a war. Don’t write a manifesto. Rock the world.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.