An Army of (s)WORDS
The history of human languages and their origin is a fascinating subject and continues to be a subject of research, dispute and obscurity. The available historical knowledge is insufficient to explain not only how speech got developed, but why different languages exist. Among the thousands languages and among the millions words spoken today, no one knows what the first language was nor does anyone know what the first word was. Historians, philosophers, religious people and researchers have various views about when and where language(s) originated/created, how they evolved. Regardless of what the actual truth about the origin of language is, it is quintessentially a human trait.
There were several attempts to identify the linguistic relation between Words and Swords and how they were derived. Whatever the relation is, both can have mutual connotations, similar uses and effects. Based on their context, they give us symbolism of: wisdom, duality, strength, power, energy, protection, unity, aggression, destruction, construction, courage, leadership, love, hate etc. One would wish they could be always used wisely, peacefully and constructively. In certain ways, words can heal and in other ways they can hurt. Some people underestimate the pain a single word could cause to others. What may have no effect on a person may hurt another; and what may hurt someone could destroy another. Positive, kind and peaceful words will never cause damage.
Although words represent the basic element of a language, they harness power, magic and energy beyond what one can imagine. The energy within words was a subject of a New York Times best seller book, The Hidden Messages of Water, which was written by a Japanese author, Masaru Emoto and translated into twenty-four languages. He claims that human consciousness and thoughts have an effect on the molecular structure of water which was visually captured at the moment of freezing as water crystals as shown below:-
We know that 79% of Earth is made of water, 60 % human body is made of water, and everything we eat contains water (i.e. 96% cucumber) etc. One would definitely be concerned about the water in our bodies and how energy within words can influence it; hence, influence not only us but also everything around us. If the author’s claim is right whether we know or do not know how words influence our bodies, one may predict that one day we will consciously be able to control and influence our bodies.
If a single or few word(s) can have an impact, one would wonder what a stream or an army of words would do; whatever the source of this stream of words is: writing, printing, radio, TV, even social media or even those words that are invisible (i.e. insinuation, gestures etc.). Social media has great effects on individual and societies. They influence, create values and introduce different norms. Social media have a power to not only change individuals, societies but also change the whole world. A reasonable question would be; who controls this power and what for? The irony is that
the contents of all social media are merely products of the same individuals and/or societies who usually possess limited knowledge and/or are influenced by “mainstream media” which is employed or susceptible to propagandas, biasness and wrongness, to say the least. So, beware of those who claim to know the truth; only listen to those who claim to be seeking the truth. The journey to truth is not an easy one; it may be tiring, scary, long, painful and undoubtedly endless. During this journey, one would need a very wise, patient, responsible, resilient, caring and peaceful “army”; the best of all would be “an army of words”. Those who believe on the positive power of words recognise that being speechless makes them powerless; and they believe words are mightier than bullets, spears and swords.
Respected readers: I just want to throw out few questions to steer the comments/discussions.
What does have greater impact: “words” or “swords”?
Are you still hurt by a word that hurt you long ago?
Would you re-assess the way you select your words based on the above?
Would you elect to be speechless if you see wrongness done?
What are the most influential words that have changed your life?
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