George RR Martin, author of the fantasy series of books, A SONG OF ICE & FIRE – more commonly known as the Game of Thrones books – has several characters say: Words are wind.
By that, he means that words have no substance, they are inconsequential, they are ephemeral. They mean nothing. Only actions have substance, not words.
I agree with Mr. Martin – I think words are wind too – but I don't agree with his subtext.
I think words have enormous substance. They are not just puffs of air, they can be tornadoes. They can be hellfire storms. They can wreak havoc. They can destroy lives. Words have incredible power.
But they can also heal, inspire, praise, glorify. They can rebuild shattered lives. They can lift a person, a nation, to greatness. Martin Luther King's famous speech will be remembered for all time. Churchill and JFK too.
How powerful are the words: I love you.
With that power comes responsibility. We are each responsible for what we say, just as we're responsible for what we do.
Personally, I go one further and say we're responsible for what we think, too, because I believe that thought is as powerful as words and deed.
If this blog is different, it's because I require people to identify themselves. Same with my forum. No user-names. No hiding. Let's see who you are. If you have something to say, be accountable for your words.
That's what I do.
Here's three words for you to consider –
I am God.