The Word and the Bullet

The relationship between the word and the bullet is a complicated and tense one, or rather one of rivalry. Both of them compete for sovereignty over man's life. Unlike the other creatures, man has the privilege of the word. And this word gave him a greater chance to survive. Extinction was the fate of many creatures whose lives were based on annihilating others!
So, the word built civilizations, since at the beginning there was the word. And since the existence of the word, the speaker has been there and so has the listener; this means the other (interlocutor) has been there too. The word is valueless without that listener (the receiver).
The word is associated with thinking, building, just as the bullet and its mate the sword are associated with dogmatization, destruction and annihilation.
One must say that sometimes the word can be more destructive than the bullet. It may become seditious and ignite the disputes. A malicious word is like the malicious tree as we read in the holy Quran. That is why the wicked word is associated with madness and psychiatric disorder whereas the good word is associated with reason and wisdom.
On the other hand, the bullet is associated with revolutions and liberation from colonialist occupation, and in that it contributes towards rebuilding an identity about to be lost.
Revolutionary men, like Gandhi, proved that the power of the word in liberating the country is much stronger than the power of the bullet and violence. That is why we can say, even in resisting the bullet, the word could be stronger for its ability to be elusive and convenient.
We assume that in many cases violent resistance could only cause more delay in liberation.
Let the word be the first as long as that there is a listener from the other side. Concerning the negotiations with ourselves, it is certainly criminal to appeal to let the bullet decide instead of the word again and again.