But Words Will Never Hurt Me

An unusual game of chess
Photo by Lonesome: Cycler

Sticks and Stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. . .

But is that really true? Yes, words may not cause your physical body harm. Words do hurt, whether they be the words out of your mouth, something you wrote, or what others say about you.

Look at the past US presidential campaign, much money, time and effort was spent by each side trying to discredit thei2w competition. I’m sure we’ll see more of this as things gear up for the next election. I think that has been the nature of the thing since the beginning of politics. Look at the words both sides use, chosen to discredit the other party, pulling at our emotions, telling us what our opinion should be, implying we are stupid if we support/vote for their opponent. All the negative vibes make it tempting to ignore politics altogether, but it would not be wise to let others decide among themselves how the country is run.

It is not just the campaign people, but our news media too. Recently, I heard on the radio “Even Ron Paul didn’t sound crazy.” Implies that he usually is crazy. Words, you can spin either way, positive or negative. I’ve also heard some very harsh criticism of Obama. Instead of taking things for fact, check it out. And no if you aren’t for Pres. Obama doesn’t mean you are a racist.

Read “If the Titanic Sank Today, here’s how the President, the media and Wall Street would spin it” Here are a couple examples, great if you need a laugh:

“Al Gore: That iceberg wouldn’t have even been there if the polar caps weren’t melting.

The Congressman: Quick, let’s pass a new law that says ships shall not sink.”

Words can be written or spoken. Both have great power. On the internet, they have power to go viral.
Just ask AOL and their customer service. Or Twitter Moms and Motrin.

6 thoughts on “But Words Will Never Hurt Me

  1. As a journalist, I know first hand how words can get twisted and misconscrued. And you’re right. Words can hurt and be offensive. I just witneessed this first hand on Friday at Costco’s (which I also blogged about in a different context).

    As the Bible says, there is life and death in the power of the tongue so we should always be mindful to choose our words carefully.

  2. Hi Heidi,

    Absolutely, words can harm. In fact, I’d bet that the amount of harm that is caused by words far exceeds the number of bruises left by sticks and stones.

    Going negative is the predictable path of every political campaign. I wish that it weren’t so, but it is our reality. Since finding an impartial point of view in the media is so difficult, our only option is to wade through the mud slung by each side and split the difference.

    Ray

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