The Unlikely Weapon
As the great Filipino hero, Jose Rizal, once said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” And the thing is it kind of is. When you go to sign something; whether it’s a receipt, a permission slip, a contract, etc., there’s some weight added to ink on the paper. It’s like swearing under oath but it is set on a metaphorical stone. That’s why people make a huge deal whenever a politician or someone important signs something. Once they sign that document there could be positive or negative outcomes. A pen on paper can start all wars or end it all. A pen on paper can even make 23 million people lose their healthcare insurance (according to Reuters).
So in my new poetry book “The World According to Ed” (http://goo.gl/suAxgd) I really wanted to emphasize how powerful a pen really is and how it can change a society.