The power of words: Think before you speak

Language is our greatest asset. It’s what has allowed us to surpass the limits that nature has put on us. Language gives us the ability to argue philosophy, to share knowledge, to explain the world to one another, and to express our dreams.

Words are tools that empower us; they can be used to build up a vision, or weapons to tear down a civilization.

Every word has power, every word has meaning, and every word has its place in which it is correct that it be used.

Words not only allow us to communicate, but they also allow us to think. We may dream in images, but we think in language.

If you fear the power of a gun, then you should shudder at the power of words, because a gun can kill hundreds, but words can influence billions. Semantics are not merely semantics, because expression is the only thing which we truly own.

To argue that something is merely semantics is to argue that one words meaning is less valuable than the meaning of another. But how can this be the case when every word in a sentence is vital to provide that sentence with the meaning it was intended to have?

To misuse words is to corrupt language; and if language is corrupt, then how can your thoughts remain uncorrupted?

The dilution of language has resulted in the dilution of thought, and if one were only to choose one’s words more carefully, then one would find their thoughts clearer to define and easier to articulate. Perhaps we would find consistency where once there was none, and truth where once there was misrepresentation, or misunderstanding.

Some words have incredible power; words like racist and bigot, homophobe and Nazi, so be careful to apply them only where they are appropriate. Do not speak without evidence, and don’t presume somebodies intentions. Judge people only on the words they have used, and apply the correct use of language when interacting with them or their ideas. And, I beg of you, stop throwing around words with such power, because to use them without selectiveness will ultimately devalue them.

In other words, think before you speak.

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