Posted by: DCox | January 13, 2009

Words…

stories-5I’ve recently been writing about stories and their importance in our lives. Now, I want to take a step back and share some thoughts about the importance of words … the building blocks of stories.

We tend to devalue words, as Americans; to down play their significance. We’re bombarded daily with the visual – billboards, Internet, TV, and the list goes on. We believe that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Certainly all the visual stimulus we receive does impact our brains. However, it can be to our detriment because we lose the ability to properly discern and value the things that are coming at us. This is a natural consequence of being over-stimulated. Noise and words can have the same impact. However, when words are in the context of relationship, they can have meaning that brings life or death. Even when words are coming to us across a written page, they can be deeply impactful. Think about some of the worlds you’ve entered while reading books. The author conveys nuances that largely are lost when a book is taken to the movie screen.

On hearing the words of others…

By words the mind is winged. — Aristophanes

What a blessing God’s gift of language has been. You form words, I form them, and we catch the meaning. We communicate. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but my friend Dr. Calvin Linton of George Washington University says “No.” He writes, “One clear, well-constructed sentence is worth a thousand pictures.” He has a point.— Sherwood Wirt is editor emeritus of Decision magazine

Language is a solemn thing: it grows out of life … out of its agonies and ecstasies, its wants and weariness. Every language is a temple in which the soul of those who speak it is enshrined. —Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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