It's no secret that words play a very important role in our daily life. We use them for various reasons: to make a conversation, to express ourselves, to convince someone with something, to write and read like you are just doing now ...You name it. If words weren't that necessary for us, they wouldn't be the first thing we learn as kids along with letters and numbers.
To make you understand how significant words are, just take it this way: Words are just like water. As you already know, water is vital for your body in order to survive, so are words to your precious mind. Let me explain what I mean: Your body needs water to function from the inside and to stay clean from the outside. Your mind needs words to stay interactive with others and to learn new topics related to life. Otherwise, it will just slowly die and lose its basic abilities.
The resemblance between words and water doesn't stop there, they are also similar when it comes to "quality". Think about it: What will happen if you drink contaminated water? You will obviously get sick and maybe even die! Same with words, If the only words you are getting are "poisonous", that will surely affect your mind. I'm still not sure that you get my point of view yet, so let's tackle this topic further with more details and explanations.
We can't discuss this topic without knowing what do authors think about words. After all, words are their entire world, so they clearly know how powerful a set of letters can be. When he was asked about that, the Canadian author Manly Palmer Hall said: "Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad." Yes, Palmer compared words with weapons, and when an author makes such a comparison, he surely means it, and it takes more than simple reading to find all the hidden means behind it.
For that purpose, take a deep breath and answer this question honestly: How many times you changed your mind because someone convinced you otherwise with a little speech? The answer is this happened more than you can count, right? And how about the times you did the same to others? Probably the same answer again! You definetely get the main idea now, things aren't as blurry as they were earlier. Words have a lot of power in themsevles. But why did M.P.Hall compare words with weapons in particular? And what are the exemples of the good and bad causes he mentioned in his quote?
To answer this, we will take a look at history, the wisest teacher humanity has ever had, and search for an example of words being used as weapons for a good cause. Everyone knows who was Mahatma Gandhi, a man who led a peaceful resistance and fought against the English colonisation without firing a single bullet. You guessed it already! His weapons were his words. Gandhi believed in the power of his own speeches to attract millions of supporters from the whole world, not just from India. The Mahatma was a man who changed a lot of things globaly with his words and thoughts! With that being said it's no surprise that he always insisted on the importance of keeping your words positive.
Turn the next page of history and read carefully the new chapter. In the same era as Gandhi, there was also a leader who used his words and speeches for the bad causes. Who else could it be other than the famous Adolf Hitler? The man who was a direct reason of a war that killed more than 60 Million people, just because of his thirst for power and glory. Any leader in the politics world needs supporters to be successful, and despite Adolf's extreme racist thoughts, he had numerous supporters from all around the globe.
How did he achieve that? Right again! With the help of his own speeches. Hitler was famous with his public speaking abilities. His speeches were very fluent and fascinating in a way that made Germans convinced that he is the right man, in the right position. Hitler was very aware of the power words have, and that's why he always spent hours practising his speeches before facing his proponents.
Let's put history aside and focus on our usual life. Social relationships can be a mirror that reflects how accurate is Palmer"s quote. Parents words to their kids can actually change their lifes. It's a fact that kids with motivating parents has a higher chance to succeed than the others. students with teachers who are careful with picking their words are most likely to surpass the others. The list of examples is endless, but the summary is, words can change someone"s life for the better or the worse.
I think everything is crystal clear now. M.P.Hall wasn't exaggerating when he described words with weapons which can be used for the good or bad causes. So next time you are talking with someone, choose your words wisely. They can destroy his life or give him a hope to follow in his darkest days. Words are powerful, but how to use them is only up to you, and you alone.