11 January 2013

Words Have Power

I have been reflecting on my last post (on the subject of bad language) for a day or two and a couple of other aspects have floated to the top of my mind and are probably worth sharing...

I work in an office and am therefore surrounded by words and figures all day. The figures that I have to calculate can sometimes be a little daunting - I am not a natural mathematician - but if you work at it, even someone like me can understand where you need to get to. Thank heavens for Excel spreadsheets!

However, words... words have power! The slightest change to one word in a paragraph can change the focus of an entire document. Even a comma in the wrong place can change the meaning of a sentence. I really appreciate the work of someone who can set out words on a page. They are true craftsmen that I strive to emulate.

If this is true - how much more important is it to express yourself in vocal conversation in a matter fitting to your calling? You can't take your words back if talking to someone face to face, or on the 'phone. So, you need to choose your words carefully before you utter them. Take control of what you say...

Another factor to bear in mind is that bad language is a consistent part of some people's lives. It's now more common in our popular culture. Personality research suggests that people who swear more are more hostile, even perhaps more dominant in society. Could that be why we see more incidents of violence, of road rage, in our world?

Just thinking...

James 3:5-6 (The Message)
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

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