Bring Back the Epistle

Gone are the days when an emotionally explosive epistle was option #1 for initiating change... or at least making you feel better. People these days just don't write seething letters to the editor, they do not nail their 95 complaints to their neighbor's door, and they most definitely do not quit their jobs in style with a written assault on the institution of their former employment. A lot of this probably has to do with the advent of the Internet. Sure you could send an epistle in an email but it loses so much of its power. A real letter has real staying power. An actual hand written epistle becomes less of a letter and more of a proclamation.

But every once in a while, some courageous soul will bring this literary form back into the spotlight. In Toronto, a Whole Foods Market employee has blasted the company with a nuclear epistle worthy of some of the greatest epistles known to man. If you would like to read it click right here.

It is not that the writing is particularly memorable or that this kid is a great rhetorician, it's just that he grasped what history has been teaching us all along, "The pen is mightier than the sword." His epistle has gone viral and I'm hoping to see some more epistles in the future. Maybe we'll even get some down at Vivint.

I think I'm going to start becoming a man of letters. My first epistle will be to my congressman. I feel like that is a good place to start because I've never done that before and it's such an American thing to do. The Art of Manliness shows us how to go about it.

Here are some great epistles to wrap your mind around.

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