The person who does not respect words and their proper relationship cannot have much respect for ideas – very possibly cannot have ideas at all. – John Simon.
The inherent power of the word is a phenomenon that has been both omnipresent and essential throughout the long histories of literature, philosophy, religion and politics. The power of words has always been recognized for both its potentially constructive, as well as its devastatingly destructive, force. Whether we speak of the sinister slogans of the Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels or the rabidly dishonest propaganda ministries of now defunct Marxist states, words have been repeatedly used with pointed polemic accuracy throughout the long history of human discourse.
Words are what carry out the orders to declare war or avoid it, words have destroyed entire empires, words have carried out the act of many murders up till now, words have broken many hearts, words have brought fear to the hearts of those who believed they were fearless and untouchable, words have banished the most fearsome of demons, words have helped make those who were weak become strong again, words have made those with lonely hearts feel loved, words have inspired those who felt loved to make others feel loved too. The worst kind I think are the words that can be ever so subtle and manipulating, they are the ones that can be spoken in the softest of voices in a room crowded with people, they are the words that cause the biggest destruction because ultimately they weren’t a lie the only mistake was that nobody else around them could become quiet enough to listen because if they had, the destruction that was brought might never have had to happen. All spoken words are necessary, while they are adequate & appropriate.
Six months after I met a young man, he expressed to me how much he loved me. Being sixteen years old, I thought it to be very flattering but I could not accept him saying this to me. The word, love in the romantic sense, is something that would take so much out of me to say to a person. Love is something that you express to someone that you can not, in any way, see living your life without. The ...
But why the words should always bring serenity? I really can’t understand that. If the words possess such terrific power, why should the result be so slow? Hypocrisy, slyness and unconsciousness should not be mixed up with eloquence, wit and charm. We all speak, we are all able to awaken positive and negative emotions and feelings. Which in turn affect things around us. But aren’t the words of real power – the ones which bring obvious results. Nobody is saying that gratitude is a bad reward. But is it worth the efforts. We live in a society where, the right way to do something is the most convenient way. You fall back – you are devastated. You take the lead, you’ve get new future prospects. It’s easy as pie, and as soon as you understand it, you receive a new prism of worldview. Good and evil are abstract if we don’t touch somebodies inner world. The same are the words which stay beneath these concepts.
I’ve got a nice example. Imagine two mousetraps both contain poison cheese, but with one difference one is sweet and the other is bitter. Statistic showed that the mice chose the traps randomly. So if the result is equal, we should leave only the sweet trap. Let the mouse die in a dream not in a nightmare. We are human after all. Now you can see that life is a battle of contrasts ending in as a gray scale picture in the end.
Always say what you think, and always think before you say!