True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless!
— Take away the sword — States can be saved without it!
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839
Bulwer-Lytton could never have imagined the power his words would hold nearly two hundred years after he wrote them. We’ve seen advancements in science and medicine, as well as destructive capabilities that can only compare with the ancient myths of the gods. Our technologies allow us to witness inequities that have existed from the beginning of history – the wealth of one nation, and the poverty of another. With the click of a mouse, we can zoom into their villages and homes, look into their faces, rejoice with them in their victories, and cry with them in their losses.
Writing for peace challenges you to pick up that pen, young writer. Be bold, fearless, and questioning. You have inherited this world, with all its beauty and perilous imperfections, and it depends upon your words and insight for salvation.
While we regret that we aren’t able to turn this globe over to you untarnished, we hope you will find Writing for Peace a reliable resource as you explore the many avenues open to you as a young writer. We’re here to support you in your writing goals, to offer inspiration through the work of our distinguished Advisory Panel and literary journal. We hope to give you the tools you need to refine your craft, and to challenge you to new heights through our annual writing contest.
The fate of this world depends on you, young writer. We’re counting on you.
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