Pointing a finger at someone is considered rude behaviour.
If you are lecturing someone, while speaking loudly, and pointing a finger at them at the same time , this behaviour is perceived as aggressive.
Last night I witnessed how a pen can add to this aggressive posturing.
I was watching the US presidential debate.
One of the candidates brought a black pen to the podium with him.
There was obviously no time for writing anything during this fast-paced interchange.
The candidate held the pen in his right hand, and repeatedly used it to point at his opponent. The body language was aggressive. What was his purpose in repeatedly pointing that pen at a fellow politician ?
If I had been his opponent, I would have asked him to stop pointing that pen at me.
Often people in the media will hold onto a pen as a prop, perhaps to give the impression that they need to be prepared to write down something very important, at any moment. This is usually not the case.
I am going to stay away from the media until after the election.
I will choose to pray, since our prayers are greatly needed at this time.
The Lord asks us to pray for our leaders, and those in authority, so that under their leadership we can lead peaceful lives.
May God bless America.
The pictured pen is a gift my husband gave me years ago when I completed my Doctorate.
I have never used it to point at anyone.