But it is no good just to speak. Words get boring. Words get misconstrued. People get boring. People get misconstrued. Words turn the intentions of good people into self-righteous arrogance. There is a danger that the truth in the words that people speak becomes boring, misconstrued, repetitive and arrogant: when this happens, what hope is there?
When you hear the same people going on about the same old things you eventually stop listening. It might be important, it might be necessary for everyone to know, but that makes the delivery of the message too vital for your words. It’s too much for language. It’s inexplicable.
When the truth is pushing against the established status quo then not only is it battling with the normative reality in the minds of people, but it will feel a greater and greater resistance from the walls against which it is pressing. The walls fight back, and they are much more aggressive than the truth. The truth is quiet and floats about gently in a sea of murk.
Within the moment of boredom, when the dust settles and no one is interested anymore we allow ourselves to be reconditioned. Turned once again into purveyors of the old order.
When we forget about unjustifiable wars, or the millions dying from preventable diseases, or that the streets of our cities were rife with riots and rebellion just months ago, for example, we allow bad truth to be created.
We allow ourselves to forget about the lies we were fed in the justification for war with Iraq. We let the leaders from that time come back and tell us their new historical reality. And we have become too ambivalent and distracted to bother questioning anymore. Too much empty truth desensitizes us.
When famine, disease and suffering is no longer interesting enough to be on our TV screens we think that everything is OK, that the pennies we sent over after the last news report changed everything. Too much empty truth desensitizes us.
And now the streets are tidy again, the windows replaced and the fires put out, we forget our promises to change. Too much empty truth desensitizes us.
Words are everything, and yet they are nothing. On their own they are empty vessels, searching for somewhere to land. Empty truths are good words but without passion. They don’t stick because in themselves they convey no reason for us to believe them.
It is no use simply throwing words, even words of truth, into the air if they live to selfish and fleeting ends. If we really believe in what we are saying then we will say it in a way that really speaks to people. We will find new ways to say it. We will not just speak the words of our parents, or the words of a newspaper, or the words of our teacher. We will LIVE the WORDS if we believe in them, or else we should remain silent. For if we don’t LIVE the words, we do not believe in them. The reality of who we are is what we believe, which is nothing to do with what we SAY, but has everything to do with how we act. Often we believe in things we think we despise with our words. This is the nature of hypocrisy – the disconnect between who we think we are to the reality of who we actually are.
If words are worth saying then they should be, by nature worth living, otherwise they are just empty, pointless, and as George Carlin so succinctly puts it, ‘just blow it out your ass’.