Pens cannot win battles, and swords cannot write poetry.
The pen is not mightier than the sword.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having both tools in your arsenal, as long as you know when and how to use them.
Why use the pen?
Words hold a lot of power. They influence change. Don’t believe in the power words hold? Then why is it that you think that in the past governments were banning books? Or even exiling or killing revolutionary writers? Because their words were changing the way populations were thinking and acting. Have you ever felt like you’ve read or heard something that you almost knew was true all along? And that those words you read or heard were the final piece of the puzzle. There is power in that. Words bridge the gap between a dormant idea and action.
Why use the sword?
I think the sword is used as a consequence of two things. One: words have inspired action, and that action requires a fight. Two: words have failed and the sword is used as a last resort. Maybe it’s not as black and white as that. But I think this sentiment summarises most courses of action. The sword can hold a lot of influence, but only if used properly. It is a balance. Use the sword with too much restraint and your actions will not have the impact you require them to. Use too much force and you’ll end up instigating a bigger fight. One where the reason behind the initial action doesn’t even matter anymore. One where things turn to revenge instead of justice.
That type of stuff comes with wisdom, and wisdom comes with your own experience and learning from others. When to use words or the sword. How forceful to be. Is all dependent on the situation. You may screw it up, but learn from that. Don’t let it defeat you.
When these tools are used to their full potential, they change worlds.