Discovering the Relevance of Words
often it is the only
between you and
no woman’s love,
nothing can save
it keeps the walls
the hordes from
it blasts the
writing is the
god of all the
it knows no
it is the last
Well, is it true? Is writing the most powerful thing in existence? A professor of mine once told a story of English settlers who came into a Native American village in an attempt to overtake it. They approached the natives with a document, and told them that the piece paper stated the village now belonged to them, and all the tribesman needed to leave immediately, or be faced with death. Obviously, the natives had no way of understanding either the English spoken, nor the document they’d been handed. All they knew was that the piece of parchment held some type of power. With this knowledge, they drew symbols on an animal skin, and brought this to the settlers. The Native Americans acted calm, and handed over their own document. Something the settlers saw in this document made them turn around and seek new land. The Native Americans of that area were able to live in peace, and were never threatened again.
Now, realistically, this was told as a metaphor to show the power of words. But it worked. It’s a powerful sentiment, and obviously one that I’ve remembered for the the last 14 years.
So, your question of the day:
Are words truly the most powerful thing in existence? If so, why? If not, why not?
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