Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, May 25th, 2020

‘Good Words are Worth Much and Cost Little’

Are you fed up with words? I don’t blame you. I am nauseated by them sometimes. I am also, to tell the truth, nauseated by ideals and with causes. This sounds like heresy, but I think you will understand what I mean.

It is so easy to get engrossed with ideas and slogans and myths that in the end one is left holding the bag, empty, with no trace of meaning left in it. And then the temptation is to yell louder than ever in order to make the meaning be there again by magic. Going through this kind of reaction helps you to guard against this. Your system is complaining of too much verbalizing, and it is right.

The big results are not in your hands or mine, but they suddenly happen, and we can share in them; but there is no point in building our lives on this personal satisfaction, which may be denied us and which after all is not that important.

“Through the sands of time...the written word has changed the course of history, inspired many to fight for their beliefs and most importantly...elevated mankind to a higher understanding of man’s inhumanity to mankind.”

Don’t you think that one will be blasé about rhetorical terms and inundation of words? Newspapers are fraught with shibboleths and clichés or wordy and lurid reports about a spate of rapes, killings, burglaries, etc. The efficacy of words seems to be waning and even the more tragic and inhuman acts begin to pall – unable to raise public concerns. To put it succinctly, in the potpourri of words and political rhetoric, people have read about war and violence to satiety.

It is simply said that man is confined in the frame of words, which are unable to depict a strong emotion or a profound antipathy. In other words, a deep feeling of sadness will be reflected only through a drop of tear, a great pleasure through a raucous laughter, a puissant sense of shame through redness of face and a painful ache via a wan face. Perhaps some believe that gestures, facial expressions and symbols play more integral role in our social life, as a tool for communication, than words. For instance, a deep sense of love or honor can be expressed only by a kiss – as a mother gives to her child and vice versa.

Furthermore, the negative role of word is highly prominent in social life. As a result, one will hurt the feelings of his/her bosom body or break their hearts by a sharp word. A wound made by a pungent word in one’s heart will be more painful than a wound made by sword in one’s body. Likewise, people make a lot of enemies by using foul languages and heaping vituperation upon one another. In public life, vilifying and maligning this or that are the daily practices, which sometimes lead to fracas. So, it is better to keep silent rather than forcing tears into innocent eyes.

Additionally, words cannot discover one’s true intentions and sincerity. In another item, a person seeks to curry others’ favor or ingratiate him/herself by obsequious language. Under the veneer of glib talks, people are wheedled and their emotions are exploited to a large extent. For instance, many credulous girls have fallen for the bogus claims and sweet talks of wicked men in our society. So, phonies mask their evil intentions in the frames of flamboyant words to prey on simple girls – it is rife all over the world. So, what is the need of playing with words everyday in a thousand and one manners?

The efficacy of word is beyond doubt. When you read about moral turpitude, violence and bloodshed, you have to express your antipathy against perpetrators and your sympathy in favor of victims by the power of words – only contorting your face will not be enough. Moreover, it is a moral incumbent upon you to allay the pain of victims and their families with soothing words. Words are not only used to hurt one’s feelings but to heal the wounded hearts of hapless individuals. One can evince his/her love and emotions to somebody by words better rather than gestures. Although a drop of tear indicates a strong feeling but it is not an impeccable way of expressing sentiments either. We have also crocodile tears, which are shed to deceive people – particularly the girls who are highly sensitive.

One will see that all the histories are written to depict the acts of men. The stock of knowledge is transferred from one generation to another in the frame of words. The messages of religion and prophets are conveyed to us via written words. Therefore, language is the best tool for communication.

We should be highly discreet about using words. Through words, we can break one’s heart, blacken one’s reputation and so on but it is all misusing of the words. Word reveals one’s personality. For instance, a fool will speak absurdly but the wise will talk meaningfully. Your heart will melts with the charm of words. As a result, the charismatic leaders lured the public by the power of words. In short, by the cogent attraction of words, one can rule people’s hearts and minds. So, words are as necessary for a society as oxygen for breathing. Let us communicate in a friendly atmosphere, reveal our human feelings and talk to heal our wounds.