I’ve been in quite a lengthy discussion on another blog place about the power of words, and how were defined by them or how others define us.
I’ve always felt that words can excite, enthrall, provoke, inspire, comfort soothe, be humorous, be poetic, lyrical, profound, they at the same time can be used as weapons to harm dismiss, mock, belittle control, oppress, threaten deride, toxic
There are so many combinations in which they can be used to resonate with others, there are of course words that were not supposed to use especially those that denigrate sexuality, race, religion.
I think sometimes this where free speech becomes confusing in as much yes we are free to think and say what we want but it doesn’t mean that every utterance spewed forth should be we forget people who live within a strict regime have no voice at all.
Never the less words in our every day interactions can have a powerful effect, on our perceptions of others which can lead to judgments or assumptions about others.
We can use words to fight our corner or in effect ward off negative word against us and the feelings will linger long after.
I don’t particularly like the labels we place on each other, but it’s human nature to categorise or to place in a box so we relate to them differently.
So do you choose your words carefully or do you say whatever comes to mind and deal with the fallout(if any) afterwards.