Words are powerful. If you allow them to, they have the ability to release transformative feelings in the human heart – for good or bad. Words also have the ability to motivate us to action, or stop us from acting. It is for these reasons that it is wise to carefully consider the types of things we write and subsequently whether we should unleash those words on the world.
These consideration are particularly important for someone who has great skill with the written word.
Consider the following quotes and think about their impact on your mind, heart and the way you live:
- “I have a dream.” (Martin Luther King)
- “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” (Albert Einstein)
- “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss)
Now consider the following:
- “Shop till you drop.” (Anonymous)
- “As he slashed at her defenceless throat and felt her hot blood spurt across his face, a great pleasure rose in him – this was why he’d been created!” (Robert C. Day)
- “I wish you’d never been born.” (Angela Mountford’s mother)
We have a responsibility, as writers, to enhance the lives of ourselves and those around us. We can only theorise about why previous civilisations have fallen, but I wonder whether this (theoretical) book, published in Mesopotamia (the first people to have writing) by the most popular author of the day called “Mineral Salts Poisoning Our Fields? – Don’t Worry – Let’s Go Shopping!” would have had a positive or negative effect.