"Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me."
It’s so easy to say these words and pretend they don’t affect us when in reality, they actually do. More than we’d like to admit, unfortunately. Words may not have external damage but it works its way deep into our core where it really matters. And from there, our whole life is changed.
Words have always had their power. The way we are now can be credited and traced back to the words we have heard the moment we were born. Its effects are generational. It’s that powerful. The only thing that could give us that huge sigh of relief is knowing the fact that the power of words can be used to either bless or curse.
Meaning, if you were surrounded by negative people all your life and all you’ve known are insults and words of degradation, you can turn that around. You can choose not to listen to those negative voices and focus on the positive that can bring beneficial results in your life.
However, it won’t be that easy especially if you’re so used to absorbing negative words your entire life. The truth is, words have no mass and therefore cannot hurt us physically. But when we’ve been hearing and consuming it for a very long time, these words accumulate and slowly becomes this huge mountain that’s very difficult to climb.
Words are invisible to the eye, although we can see the shape a mouth takes when words pass through someone's lips. They have no physical form, and so we are all taught that they cannot do physical harm, yet we feel their consequences.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
In reality, words have the power to build us up or break us down both as a society and as individuals.
Don't believe me?
Google "the Cuban Missile Crisis."
According to the Doomsday Clock, we're currently sitting at 2 minutes to midnight. Yet, the Cuban Missile Crisis is the one single event in our history that could have launched our parents and grandparents into WW3 years before many of us would be born.
Granted, there have been other international incidents and threats lobbed across the ocean via Twitter in the past years, but the Cuban Missile Crisis is the one incident that in and of itself had the power to have devastating consequences.