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Sat, Apr. 2nd, 2005 11:20 pm
The Power of Words

A lot of times I think we (as humanity or, at least, Americans) don't really understnad the power that words can have. We use them so often that we forget their meanings and go about our business without the least thought of reflection on the next thing we might say. What would happen if, every time we spoke to someone, we would become mute for at least a minute before speaking? How would that change the way we think about our words? Personally, if I had to wait an entire minute just to say anything at all, I'd definitely make considerations about what would be worth saying.

What kind of power to words actually have? Honestly, in our society, the only way we are aware of the power of words is when we don't use them. Silence can be deafening. Why? Why should the lack of words be more powerful than the words we speak? It's because we've become so accustomed to speaking that to not is a signal that there is a change. What of the reverse? What if someone who was content to be silent for the rest of their life suddenly spoke? Would not we listen to what they have to say, if nothing else, because of the rarity of such an event?

I think we just don't give credit to the words we use. Words have the power to heal, to comfort, to protect, to unite, and so much more. However, they also have the power to kill, to disturb, to attack, to plant the seeds of dissention, and far worse things. Yet, out of our mouths come both all at once. It's as if the pipelines for well-water and sewage came out of the same faucet.

I wonder what kinds of things would be said if people were limited to only so many words in their lifetime. What would people choose to say to one another? Would swear words populate conversation, or would there be more words of affection and resolution? Would people rather say, "I hate you!" or say, "I love you!" instead? Which direction would conversation turn?

Just a thought...

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