Thinking about words and their sway over us ….
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1, King James Version of the Bible
“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.” Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
“I like good strong words that mean something.” Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them!” Nathaniel Hawthorne
We are daily bombarded by words: in print, on screen, just about everywhere we look in the city. These sign boards are just a small number encountered on a single run down Orchard Road this past week. Whether consciously or otherwise, we are washed with these messages. How do we even begin to process and filter? What are we filling our thinking space with? How does this affect our behaviours? What about the words we exchange with those around us? What do we do with this power we are each given?
I am left with more questions than answers. What are your thoughts & feelings about this?