Words. They say actions speak louder than words, they say talk is cheap, and they will tell you to put your mouth where the money is. So I shall.
Why do people think words are meaningless? Is it really easier said than done? Not always, and I believe it’s time someone stood up for words because words are not without meaning.
Martin Luther King moved a nation with words where as Adolf Hitler almost killed one with his. How do you put a price on freedom? How about the lives of 6 million Jews? Words are not cheap, words are priceless.
We see words on billboards, on ads, books, bulletins and newspapers. Words are a medium. They simplify actions you can’t repeat, express feelings you can’t describe. Words are information, and information is king.
Words without action may mean very little, but acting mindlessly means less than very little.
I’ve asked myself why I defend words, and my mind keeps wandering back to a scene in V for Vendetta: “Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?”
That is why. That’s why the pen you write your words with is mightier than the sword you slay your foes with.
That’s why sticks and stones may break your bones but words, words will always teach you.
Author’s note: This post is a representation of my thoughts in its rawest form. Dedicated to the person who taught me everything I know about writing, Ms. Anne Tham, friends who are still in Malaysia, and everything that is terribly wrong with it.
A video you should watch about choice of words.