Violence in Our Words
I love to ponder things and today is no different. I was thinking about our words and do they affect our mind-set and our moods and feelings towards others. Have you ever thought about how many violent words are used today just in general conversation?
1. My head is about to explode.
2. He knocked me off my feet.
3. Those words stabbed me in the heart.
4. They crushed their opponent.
5. Her voice cut deep like a sharp steel knife.
6. boy those words slapped me down
7.you ripped my heart out and tore it open
8. he hammered his point home
9. it knocked me out of my seat
10. I blew them away today with my paper
11. you’re killing me here
12. My face feels like someone bashed it with a stick.
or at an athletic event:
13. Kill em!!! Kill em!!
What if each of these were an actual physical blow to someone. Would we use them so easily? Have we become so desensitized to violence that we do not realize that we are using violent words to describe things in our lives? I read once about the theory that our thoughts and words convey energy and that if they are negative thoughts and words, then we are promoting negative energy for ourselves and those around us. It makes me wonder.
When we are so angry and think hateful thoughts about someone…are we sending them negative energy and actually affecting their lives? I know we are affecting our own with such negative feelings and words. People always laugh at me because I say I do not do anger and hatred but it is true. I just do not have the energy to put into those emotions and it does take energy.
But, what bothers me is the ease at which we say such violent descriptive words and say them with such casualness. I am just as guilty as the next person. I have said my head was about to blow off my shoulders and other phrases. And yet many of these words have the connotation of blood and death and sorrow and pain and we use them as if they were commonplace words. What has happened to “that hurt me” or “my head hurts” instead of the other words? Has the media so desensitized us that we not longer hear the words with their true definition? Have we become so numb to the horrors of violence that we no longer hear it in the words the imply maiming, hurting, and violence? And are we passing this on to our children.
Just as I said yesterday that it is up to us to change the hate and anger to love…I believe it is also up to us to try to remove all the violence from every day life. It is there enough without us carrying it on in our general conversations without intending to.
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