The pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword. For it is the pen that can expose the corrupt, win justice for the innocent, and even impeach the most powerful of men.
The Watergate scandal is a true testament to the might the pen yields. Two Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, uncovered and exposed the murky and corrupt dealings of the White House staff while covering a break-in at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC. This eventually led to Richard Nixon resigning from the Presidency: the first and only US President to do so.
The ubiquitous pen has been a symbol of justice and courage in a world where the two cardinal virtues have to be fought for constantly. Mexican product designer, Jorge Diego Etienne, has paid homage to the symbolic pen by fashioning a pen stand that is a replica of revolver cylinder: the part of the gun where you load the bullets.
Titled ‘Choose Your Bullets’, the pen stand comes in a steel grey finish with six hollow spokes to hold pens, pencils, and markers. Each desk accessory is unique and comes with its own serial number.
There is a specific reason why Jorge Diego Etienne chose the design of a gun cylinder for a pen stand. It is a reminder of the everyday greed and corruption that we turn a blind eye to. This ‘convenient’ ignorance is what gives credence to the corrupt.
Choose Your Bullets serves as daily wakeup call for our conscience that has gone off to sleep. The desk accessory also serves as a symbol of strength to the courageous reporters and journalists that uncover corruption and fight injustice. It is no coincidence that such a pen stand would come out of Mexico that is facing its own battle to establish a safe society for its citizens.
Over the past three years, government forces in Mexico have been locked in a bloody battle with drug cartels. The Mexican drug cartels have grown increasingly powerful with the demise of the cartels in Columbia.
Drug cartels in Mexico have eluded the judicial system for this long as they have many a politician in their pockets. If not for the brave reporters who constantly reported about the politician-cartel nexus, Mexico may not have been able to crack the whip on the merchants of death.
Choose Your Bullets is a product that reminds us that every decision that we make has far-reaching consequences and empower us to make the right ones.