By William H. White, Jr.
Words in and of themselves are fairly innocuous things for the most part. Of course there are some words that are just horrendous, but mainly they are harmless. It is how these innocent words are assembled that gives them power. The spoken (or written) word is the most powerful force in the world. It can educate or destroy. It can give life or it can take it. Words that are of themselves dead are brought to life in their meeting. Only the user of the words can make them live.
Hitler used his words to ignite the German people to kill millions of Jews and start a war. Dr. Martin Luther King used words to unite people. Therapists use words to heal people. Politicians use words to deceive people. Preachers use words to inspire people. The usage of words in unending and unpredictable.
Words can make you laugh.
You can pick you friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t wipe your friends under the couch.
Words can make you think.
Did you hear about the cannibal who passed his brother in the jungle?
Words can make you cry
I don’t think we should see each other any more.
Words can make you happy.
Congratulations, you have a new baby boy.
Words can make you scared.
I’m sorry but the cancer is malignant.
Words can make you mad.
We don’t let your kind in here.
Words can make you excited.
Yes, I will marry you.
Words can make you helpless.
I am sorry we did all we could do, but we couldn’t save him.
Words can make you strong.
Daddy, help me.
Words can make your heart stop.
I love you.
Words can make you proud.
You did a good job.
Words can make you ashamed.
I can’t believe you did that.
Words can make you smile
You are beautiful
Words can make you frown.
Daddy, I spilled grape juice on the new couch.
Words can make you glad you are alive.
Kiss me, hold me, and never let me go.
Words can make you wish you were never born.
You are a disgrace to your family.
In the entire world the most powerful force is words. No weapon of mass distraction can compare with its might. No prizefighter can hit harder. No sword can cut deeper. Words are the foundation of society and relationships. Without words no laws would exist, no lover would be able to woo his love, and no education could be given to fertile young minds. Without words civilizations would be lost, great works of literature gone, and libraries would have never existed. A picture may be worth a thousand words. But a single word correctly placed is more valuable that all the riches of the world.