Value of Words
Hate isn’t a strong word.
Think about how casually everyone uses it.
No words are strong anymore.
Phrases might be strong, sometimes.
If I say, “I hate you and I hope you die” and you know I’m not being sarcastic, then it might be considered strong phrasing.
Give me a word, any word, and I’ll show you how it has no strength on its own.
Said while staring at a new model of iPhone!
Well, I think you’re going about this all wrong.
Words are strong
-not simply because they are the building blocks of phrases, just as individual breaths are what compose our lives, with few more significant than others, though some may be deeper-
But also because words are concepts made tangible: symbols and sounds that can create shared understanding between otherwise separate minds.
Put two strangers, who barely know one another or who barely speak one another’s language, in a tense situation and one word can become all that matters.
A single word with the strength to convey between two unfamiliar psyches both “I intend no harm” and “please do me no harm”.