Interview With A Pen

Today’s guest is a bit of a surprise. And I’m not even going to introduce them until the end of the post. I want you to get the full idea of who our guest is and what they have done for humanity before the identity is revealed. Most wouldn’t think twice about our guest, because they are the types to have been taken for granted for so long. They aren’t believed to be that important and yet if they were to disappear, the world would definitely notice.

I did this interview because it needed to be done. I don’t think the world can afford to not be reminded about our guest today and this was one of the best ways I could think of to remind everyone of their existence.

Since the interview was shorter then most interviews normally run for, and I don’t want this to be a long winded post, I’m going to jump right into it. And I may or may not skip certain filler conversation we might have had along the way.

Now the interview began quite nicely, with all the pleasantries exchanged. I say it like this, because it was just like any other interview might have gone and all the normal interactions took place. I did however warn them that the introduction would come at the very end as I had something special planned and there would be specific questions before that, so the introduction given to me at the beginning (even though it wasn’t required as I clearly knew who they were) was just for us to get to know each other. Afterwards, we just got right into it.

Please tell us what do you do?

I help people communicate with each other in written form. I think that is the best description I have. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, if I am able to help communicate whatever message needs to be communicated, I do it.

Do you enjoy what you do?

Yes. I’ve been doing it my whole life. A lot of people have taken to my work, some with passion and others with utter disdain, but at the end of the day I believe that I was 100% born to do this.

This question is a not on my list, but it is something I’m curious about, why did you request this interview be written instead of typed out on a computer, recorded on a camera or even with an audio recorder?

I hate them. All of them. In fact it could be said that I have utter envy of how easily they are able to record everything that is said and done, and I think there is something to be said, or written, heh, about how much work is required in recording events, conversations or ideas by hand. Perhaps I could be a Luddite in that way.

Do you believe that those devices will replace you and make your job obsolete much in the way Luddites originally believed?

Yeah. There is a big fear of that. I mean I, along with many others, been doing this for a very long time now and eventually it will come down to people only having a need for us in a comedic or even luxury type fashion. But in the future there won’t be space for types like us and we will have to improvise and become something else.

What kind of messages are you asked to convey that you absolutely hate? What about others having problems with the kind of message you are asked to convey?

Well, personally I don’t have a stock in what I’m asked to convey. I’m here to do a job, and as previously established, I love my job very much, which can clearly be seen in the fact that I exist as if I have no choice in the matter. This is what I was created for.

However there are many who sometimes disagree with a particular message, or even come to absolutely hate it. And the weird thing is, unlike most human interactions, I’m never blamed for it. They know that what I do is only to convey, but the original person who needed the message sent always gets the flack, as rightly they should! It’s quite interesting.

Now, you’ve said you don’t put stock in the message themselves, but what do you think was the most horrible message you were asked to convey? At least to others?

This is a tough one. Many have considered a lot of different kinds of messages to be pretty bad. I mean, based on reactions I don’t think I can decide between the demands of hostage takers or rules designed to destroy an entire set of people. Both are pretty bad and while only one of those had pretty dire consequences for a lot of people, it doesn’t make the first one any less horrible. I think this is a question that I won’t be able to give you a definitive answer on. Which should actually tell you a lot about the kinds of messages that I could be asked to convey.

Another thing I’d like to say is that please don’t take me wrongly; I do feel. I just can’t allow myself to get in the way of the message itself, as that is my purpose in this life. But I believe that everything in this universe can feel the energy of positive and negative intentions. You’d think that a universe like ours that holds theories based on chaos at such a tiny level that is basically uncontrollable, what is to say a form of energy such as an intention doesn’t have an effect on the world around us?

That is super interesting to think about. Since you can feel some of the things at least, what was the best message that you were ever asked to convey?

Oh this one happens more often then you’d think. And I think it is powerful because while a negative energy can be felt over time with a sort of heaviness to it, the positive energy is much sharper and much louder to feel, if that even remotely made sense.

Any kind of message that sends gratitude or love or both, are the best kinds of messages that I have ever been asked to convey. Not only are the energies positive, but you wouldn’t believe how intoxicating it is! If you were to witness the spread of it, you’d wonder to yourself how it doesn’t end up becoming a pandemic!

One more before the introduction! Have you ever refused to convey a message for any reason? And did it have consequences?

Well, as I said, I don’t get in the way of the message. I do my job. But sometimes people do tend to mistake their own ability to communicate with my lack of an ability to convey, and they end up taking it out on me. I’ve actually been through some horrible things. I’ve been abused, beaten, bitten, thrown across a room, yes, that happened, and even broken in places I don’t care to relive. I did say that I do my job well, but I never said that it was always easy. I convey what I’m told to convey. But sometimes the person attempting to communicate doesn’t even have a clue as to what they want to say, and I pay the price.

I’ve also been kidnapped. A lot. More times then I care to admit or count. Actually, I’ve lost count. Doesn’t matter. I’m here now. 

Having said all that however, I have also been on the receiving end of such love and care. There have been those that have cared for me very deeply. Some are also very loyal, going so far as to only require my specific services for the most important and meaningful of messages. It feels very nice. But even they end up asking me to convey a message that might not be so great, and my refusal not to convey a message has definitely had consequences. Some messages have even led to wars.

My god, what a life you’ve lead! And to think that you and the services you provide had been taken so for granted. I’m glad we got a chance to do this. People needed a reminder of what you’ve done for them and we touched on some awesome topics. And now, please, introduce yourself to the audience in your own words, and I’ll do your job to convey this to them.

Hello everyone. I am a pen and I am used to convey messages in written form. I’m also one of the most stolen items in the world. I exist for mostly one purpose but that also seems to change on a daily basis depending on what people need, sometimes just to draw pictures when they are bored or even be used as something to pry dirt out of hard to reach areas. I agreed to this interview to remind people where they would be without the use of a pen, and how many horrible and wonderful things a pen is capable. And the art of being able to use one should never be lost on humanity.

It is easy to take things for granted isn’t it? Until we are stopped and forced to think about where we would be without the little things. And how much better it has made our lives overall, even though bad things can be done with the little things.

And there you have it folks. An interview that if you made it this far, will be one you won’t forget for a while to come. Because you just got done reading an interview with an inanimate object. I did say it needed to be done, didn’t I?




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