I was just going over some of my old materials on the delicate (and often deceptive) arts of propaganda, rhetoric, and political speech writing.
And I have to admit, even after all these years I still find myself fascinated (and horrified, at the same time) with the power of words.
So below is my reflective rant on the power of words. By the time you finish reading it, you’ll probably have one of three thoughts run through your mind…
1- Wow… this guy is really deep, and thoughtful.
2- Meh… this guy spends too much time over thinking stuff.
3- Jeez… this guy is an idiot, and we should all throw rocks at him.
(Hopefully you choose one of the first two.)
Beginning of rant…
I LOVE WORDS! … AND I HATE WORDS!
Words have power over our lives (perhaps, too much power)
Words have the power to stir our emotions!
They can make us laugh, and they can make us cry.
Words can make us feel sad, angry, frightened, or shocked.
And they can make us feel hopeful, happy, safe, and excited.
A word uttered in anger can never be un-spoken, and can damage someone’s life in unforeseeable ways.
And a few words spoken with love, can forever change a persons life for the better.
Words can stir entire nations of people into a frenzy, and cause us to send our children off to war.
And words can end those very same wars.
Yes, I love words… and I hate words. They have power over our lives (perhaps, too much power) so please, let’s use them wisely.
End of rant… Thanks for listening.
(Hey, who threw that rock!!!???)