Is it any wonder our ancestors developed speech? Hand gestures, while they convey meaning, have a limited range. Where did languages originate? Do words define a language, or do languages dictate words? What was the first word ever spoken? Was it a name, an obscenity, or a sound signifying “Stop, Danger ahead?” It’s all speculation, and while linguists float many theories, they are, most likely, all wrong.
The dichotomy supports the idea that words are magical creatures. A single word can cut to the core and divide people into irreconcilable sides. Conversely, uttering a different word soothes the savage beast and makes everyone smile. Words can sing or sting, elevate or oppress, bind us to tradition or free our minds to create change.
They possess energy and power. Vocabulary stocks the toolbox with ways to express the abstract thoughts swimming in our heads. Without them, great ideas live unfulfilled lives, trapped in an imaginary world far from reality. Lacking communication, we have limited perceptions, and with it, the universe is our domain. What we do with the words we learn is an awesome responsibility, one that demands we remain mindful of their impact.
Which words will you choose today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer