Friday, January 9, 2009

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Kyoto II
16 x 20
acrylic collage on paper

A couple of weeks ago he received an e-mail from a neighbor telling him in no uncertain terms,"RAKE YOUR FN LEAVES!!". A few weeks later she received an e-mail from a different neighbor accusing them both of stealing their daughter's wallet . That was when they realized that maybe they had moved into the wrong neighborhood.
With all the latest technological advances in communication, have we lost the ability to actually communicate? Perhaps it has made us bolder. Would you really say face to face what you would write in an e-mail? I guess the old adage that says the pen is mightier than the sword still rings true. Imagine composing an actual letter and mailing what you wished to get off your chest. I bet by then those leaves would have already been raked and the girl would have found her misplaced wallet. You probably wouldn't even want to waste the stamp.
So I challenge those who find it easier to explode their grievances on the keyboard, why don't they just take out their swords and truly sever the ties.


Anonymous said...

I love your stories, but please tell me this is just that, a story. You can't really have neighbors like that, can you? Maybe I have been in Texas too long. - Tricia

thorngren said...

I like to keep you guessing, when I write. It's always almost never about me.

Tammy said...

wow, MB. that story you wrote is VERY thought provoking and i can relate to it - as always - I LOVE YOUR WRITINGS.