reply to post by seagull
The spoken word? No. Not to me. Talk is cheap. People can say anything and they usually do. I look at what a person does, not what they say.
The written word on the other hand is a whole other story [pun intended]. When a person writes something they typically put more thought and
effort into the words they use then when they simply speak. Myself, when I write something, I go over what I want to convey before and as I write it.
Much like what I'm doing right now. I choose my words carefully based on the point that I want to get across. If my point is knowlege, I'll use
intelligent sounding and meaning words. If my point is hatred towards something or someone, I'll use hateful, spiteful, and hurtful words. If my
point is to console...... well, I think you get the picture.
I've always been able to convey with words my thoughts, feelings, and intentions a lot better when I write them down then if I try to say them.
This thread for example, there's no way I would be able to orally tell you what I'm telling right now as articulatly as my writing it. Therefore, my
words have more power. Somehow, something gets lost in the translation between the thought and the oration. That doesn't happen when I write.
So, do words matter? By all means. I've always felt that if a person not only has an excellent command of whatever language they speak, but also
the skill to get those words across effectivly to the people they're speaking to, there's almost nothing they can't accomplish. The opposite also
holds true. You can have the best ideas and intentions in the world, but if you don't know how to put them into words, they mean nothing.
Look at the likes of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Hitler. They were powerful leaders in their own right who were able to affect
history making changes in this world,for better or worse, because of the words they chose to use and their skill at getting their point across to
their target audience.
A television show or a movie can have the best actors money can buy to help get large audiences, but without a powerful script ,words, it means
nothing. There are a couple of episodes of the X-Files I remember where some of the best, most powerful scenes came from bit actors. Why? Because of
If I wanted to, I could convince everybody on this web site that the sky is purple simply because of the words and links [ made up solely with
words] I choose to use.
So yes, words matter. More so than the vast majority of people on this planet realize.