Do you remember this nursery rhyme?
“Sticks and stones may break my bones
But words will never hurt me.”
It’s always confused me. It doesn’t make sense. It’s not true. Words have the potential to do far more damage than a stick or a stone.
In this first episode of 2015 I am looking at the power of words and why it’s important to be vigilant with them. I have been very aware that even the words we use a lot on Sheep Dressed Like Wolves and in the community can have unexpected impact on the way we view ourselves and the world.
1. Words Are Powerful
2. Words Construct Reality
3. Words Cannot Fully Express
4. Words Literally Evolve
5. Words Can Make and Break
“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” – JK Rowling
“The world of experience is not given in experience: it is constructed by thought from the data of sense” – C.I. Lewis
“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.” – Nietzsche
“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” – Rumi