“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
1 Corinthians 13:1
In the hands of a wordsmith, language becomes the stuff of legend, holding within each word, each syllable the power for good or evil. When the written word is given a voice, the strength of an individual’s charisma and vision has the potential to sweep listeners into the intensity of the moment.
Since the beginning, storytellers, with their tales of valiant and noble heroes, have captured our imagination. The influence of communication advanced significantly with the emergence of orators. Since the time of Ancient Rome, the art of public speaking was a highly prized professional competence. The Romans turned to the Greeks, known for their mastery in this creative field, for training. Even now, we reward those who can speak with eloquence and authority.
There is a caveat. Talk only lasts for a finite duration. It is the walk that counts. Humanity has a great capacity for spotting insincerity, deceit and hypocrisy. We connect words to actions. And if the actions don’t measure up to the words, we reject the message and the ideas embedded in the finery of phrases.
Over the next few weeks, I want to explore the connections of words and actions.
“It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.”