Words are freaking amazing. Really, they are. Punctuation, grammar, all the stuff that goes along in order to make the words mean one thing instead of something else. Absolutely awesome.Spelling is important to, although I personally am pretty terrible at proper spelling, thank god for spell check.
What has brought on my current amazement with words is a few things.
1. I am trying to write a book. Actually I am trying to write 2 books (you know me, if im gonna do something I jump in with both feet!). One of them is a biography of my life. That one is going to take me a long time to write though. I started writing it and realized how emotionally taxing it was, so now I am pacing myself...well actually I am kind of avoiding it. Like, I have one hand out touching it and my eyes turned away and covered, but I really want to write it so I keep peeking; that kind of avoiding. The other book is a sci-fi fantasy type book with dragons and magical beasts and tough-as-nails female heroes. That one I am having a grand time with and hopefully will be done in a few months. Its so much more fun to write then I ever expected and I am often amazed at the times I am writing and i use the same words or phases over and over, but every time they mean something totally different and give a totally different visual. Its just so neat how one word, like "him" can be used so many times in so many different contexts and yet be the exact right word every time. Words are great.
2.Opinions. There is the times when words don't seem so great. When they are wielded by someone who has hateful or unkind opinions and feels the need to spout those opinions as fact, despite any proof or stance against their belief. These people that refuse to see beyond their own viewpoint (see how I used all those synonyms there of the word opinion, words, so cool) Now lets do my favorite thing here and define the word opinion:
Aren't definitions fun! This guy, Samuel Johnson, decided that the average person back in the 18th century really needed a way to look up definitions of words used in daily language. Books were becoming a regular thing and not everyone knew what every word meant. So he spent 9 years making an English dictionary (France took 40 years and 40 guys to make theirs, so there 18th century France.)
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Words are amazing. Language, conversations, debates, lectures, books, blogs, we have so many ways of expressing ourselves and all of them revolve around words. You don't have to spell that well or understand the structure of sentences to use them, you don't have to be anything besides loud anymore to have people hear your words. But we all have a responsibility to listen and not use your words as a weapon. Anyone can have an opinion, can string together a thought or idea that resonates with you and probably someone else too, but it takes a special person to share your words and then listen to someone else and maybe think "oh wow, they have a point, maybe they are right".
It is everyone's responsibility to encourage others to gain knowledge, not just whip up a crowd and yell bullshit together.