This is a picture of a
wall that has been pasted with numerous pages from several books. These pages
comprise of countless “WORDS”. This image thus successfully displays a string
of words and hence highlights what symbolizes power to me. I believe that words
are the unsung heroes in our lives. No one realizes how important they are
until we’re robbed of the means to articulate our thoughts. Every word that is uttered,
written, printed or typed holds massive power. The ultimate purpose of words is not destructive but
creative, and it is this very power of words which is a fundamental reality
upon which any civilized society pivots.
In the course of my own history, I was fascinated by the power of words
from a very young age. I was all but nocturnal in my childhood years, reading
under the covers with a flashlight and ruining my eyes, spending long and
sleepless nights poring over Agatha Christie, Meg Cabot and Enid Blyton.
The very fact that storytelling was not a dead art at all, but rather, a
vibrant, living one, fascinated me and inexplicably took hold of my
consciousness from the outside in. Words have had an immense
control over many aspects of my life thus stimulating me to pick this picture.
explosive. A single one can destroy a friendship, can start or end an uprising.
The right phrases in the mouths of clerks have quadrupled the sales of a store.
The wrong words used by a campaign orator have cost him an election. Four
unfortunate words- “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion”- used in a Republican campaign
speech threw the Catholic vote and the Presidential victory to Grover
Cleveland. This clearly shows that words affect each of our lives tremendously
as they are a medium of exchange. If idioms are true and the pen is indeed
mightier than the sword, then words have the power to inspire and influence
others and to capture the hearts of humanity and help them achieve clarity of
vision. Through words we can relive every moment we have ever felt, communicate
our feelings, influence and persuade people. Words have the power to shape one’s
personality and destiny. They have the power to change the direction of history
and the direction of one’s life. However, the most important thing about them
is that they tell stories. They recount the tragedies and epics of the world
and teach us lessons that we could never comprehend on our own.
the coins with which we do business with all those around us. The key to being
understood by others is not only know how to think, but also know how to put
into words what they think. We have power over our words
which in turn is power over our thoughts. Words are instrumental to ensure the continuity
of cultures and traditions. When we change the words we use to describe
ourselves and our experiences, we can influence our thoughts. By doing so we
can alter the way we see our world. Words have more power than
we can even imagine. Words are like paint on a canvas; a subtle change in the
choice of words like a change in colours or brushstrokes can cause an immense
change in the outcome. They dance across our mind and shed light on emotions
and feelings of the past.
simple sentence, words can shatter a heart or mend a broken one. Words are
terrifying because they can both create and destroy, confidence as well as
relationships. Words are formidable. Words are devastating. Words are
empowering. Words are beautiful and endless and capable of unifying in a way
that connects minds from every age and every world, real or spiritual. While
clicking this picture, I pondered over how the words I would choose to write
this assignment would prove if I failed or succeeded in putting forth my views.
It dawned upon me how words exist everywhere and we fail to give the, the
acknowledgement that they deserve. It struck me that if it weren’t for the
power of words, I wouldn’t be writing this at all.