The proverbial “power of the pen” has to be revisited in order to really know and appreciate where the moral force of writing really comes from. It is correct to say that using right words in the right way brings about effective communication. It is further correct to state that written in the right time with the right objective, words have a way of manifesting the salient realities of the day. It is finally correct to note that what the pen writes down in a certain way reveals the way the writer thinks, manifesting even what he actually feels.
But is the phenomenal “power of the pen” merely premised on the above observations—and others thereto similar or complementary?
Answer: The “power of the pen” actually comes from the power of truth the writer brings or points out through the proper words he uses and the distinct way he writes them down. In other words, without the truth being conveyed by the pen, this may write with beauty and elegance, it may give pleasure and satisfaction—but not power really.
It is truth that is actually powerful. The “power of the pen” is fundamentally nothing more than the truth it manifests through the hand of the writer.
There are persons who want and try to cover-up the truth. This they do with the deliberate effort of silencing, twisting or side-stepping it. But truth is powerful and indestructible. One way or another, sooner or later, lo and behold truth brings itself out, in full. In the open!
Concealing the truth from the knowledge of people, dumping it far and hiding it deep, adulterating it with half-truths if not downright lies—all these could work for a while but not for always, for some people but not for all persons. It is in the nature of truth to find its way of ultimately revealing itself. The human mind and the objective truth have a way of finally finding each other, of meeting one another in their own time.
28 December 2002