Posts Tagged ‘words’
Words, words, words – printed, written, typed, spoken, broadcasted – fill every crack and crease of life. Like water that engulfs, words soak the fabric of our existence. On the back of the cereal box, the morning paper, the radio, billboards, signs, books, smartphones, and screens – words fill our lives. And into this sea of words, we add our own, compounding the din of commentary, opinions, descriptions, invitations, etc. Rather than creating clarity, many times we just add to the noise. Though we are free to speak and write, our free communication does not always promote understanding, nor does it produce solutions. In our freedom to say, print, and text whatever we wish, we speak, write, and text too many words. Quite possibly we need fewer words and more silence. (more…)
A friend recently remarked that much of what is spoken these days falls into one of two categories; it is either combative and uncivil, or it is inane and trivial. His observation is that people either state matters as incontestable fact when what they are saying cannot be proved or verified, or they understate in a rather casual, urbane manner that which should be said with conviction and fervor. Since what is spoken in both cases seems to be without serious or careful consideration, my friend feels we must redouble our efforts to ensure that we measure our words, so that we speak to each other in a thoughtful manner.
My friend is absolutely correct for a number of reasons. (more…)
“Words,” said the Mad Hatter to Alice, “mean exactly whatever I say they mean.”
Life comes undone when the words used to explain and describe reality loose their mooring and float from place to place, meaning to meaning. A confused Alice cannot make sense of the new reality of rabbits, cats and queens, especially when words point to their own contradictions – black becomes white, tall becomes short, up becomes down. (more…)