Words: Weapons Of Love And Hate

Words: Weapons Of Love And Hate

Words are like a double edged tool, one side you could use to destroy and one side you could use to build.

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What's something more destructive than an all-out nuclear war between countries over the world? What's also something that could unite allies and enemies together to build an entire nation together? It's not bullets, money, or nuclear warheads, but by the words and symbols communicated between the two sides. Words aren't just letters on a paper, they're a way to deliver a message to others, indicating whether you're hostile or friendly, and they in return to react to your choice of words. Full blown wars could occur in an instant just by mere sentences with the declaration of war as well as the building of a sanctuary for the poor with long paragraphs of words. Words are the keys to unlock the door of love and unity yet can be abused to be the harsh winds that blow open the gates of hate and spite.

Words are just tools for people to communicate their thoughts, ideas, comments, etc. to other people. It seems so simple yet complicated because over the years words have developed more than being just words, they've become meaning. When someone says that they're fine, are they really feeling fine or just a way to shrug off a concern coming from a friend. When we talk about the weather and describe how the weather is becoming worse, is that what we really want to talk about or do those words about weather convey another message about your current mode and pessimism? When someone creates humor, they create it through the play of words back then; now humor is created when there's a play on irony in the words that make a typical scenario abnormal and seemingly "funny." As you see words are such a versatile tool used to convey all sorts of messages. Some of these messages are delivered directly through clear, concise words with no other meaning in them; some messages are delivered indirectly with a twist on the meaning of words like sarcasm or the tone in which the words were delivered.

As you can see words are used for so many purposes, and it's up to the sender of those words to decide what message they will deliver and often these messages conveyed by words could bring dire consequences. Have you ever met someone who's always being critical of things and pessimistic and you just generally don't want to hang around him/her? Do you know someone who always seems cheerful and gives compliments to everyone they meet? Have you met an extremist that always pressure others to follow their ideas and be assertive and aggressive in their words? The words are still just words, but the words that build into the message delivered could be the building blocks for you to either love the person or hate that person.

When we turn to people, who use words "formally," we often see them use complex words that have vague meaning in them. Why is this? This is to prevent any indication of aggression or emotion in those words and deliver the message as straightforward as possible without including any other hidden messages. Formal messages seek to deliver only the message the sender intended to deliver. So they would carefully select their choice of words, so no hate nor love is delivered, but they are seemingly changing as we see more and more people throw away the art of words and choose to deliver messages through poorly chosen words that include messages the sender intend or did not intend to send.

We seemed to have lost the art of words from the past. Our words are now going out through our mouth by going through our minds first and thus bring upon unexpected consequences. Especially in an era with such controversy and distrust, we need to be wearier of when to use words, how to use them, and where to use them. Sometimes we don't need to spout out the obvious or say the truth when we would clearly disrespect someone. Sometimes we don't have to use offensive words to get our points across and argue our ideas. Sometimes we don't have to bash everyone we disagree with hateful language and nonconstructive words. Sometimes we could create humor without bashing the dignity of a person. Sometimes we don't need to be hateful and malicious with our words. Sometimes we can make the world a better place filled with love when we just think before we talk and consider the consequences of our words before they come out. We were granted the great ability to talk and with great powers comes great responsibilities; your words make the difference between day and night for someone.

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5 New Year's Resolutions

That are truly beneficial

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1. Pledge to do something active every day

This may sound a little silly, but any sort of activity will help you destress and feel good about yourself as well, plus who doesn't enjoy a little time outside? It is really important to stay active and healthy, especially while you are young! It is proven that exercising releases endorphins which will decrease your stress and truly just make you feel healthier.

2. Pick a word to live by for the entire year 

This is incredibly beneficial! Last year, I chose to live by the word: Patience, and let me tell you this made a HUGE difference in my life, throughout 2018 I was constantly thinking about how to live my life with more patience, and now I truly know what being patient means (in all aspects of life). My word for 2019 is Mindfulness!

3. Find Something Positive in Every Negative Life Situation

This one sounds really corny, I know, but it truly makes an impact on how you handle life situations. I have handled a lot of them very badly, but when I started to reflect on the positives, I began to look at these situations as life lessons or stepping stones, that way it did not feel like it was the end of the world to me, which bad life situations should NEVER make you feel like that.

4. Save money every day

We all know our world revolves around money so, to eliminate that stress, pledge to save money everyday! Start a money jar and put the amount of your choosing in it everyday- it could be a penny or it could be five dollars, it really adds up in the end.

5. Set goals for yourself

This is really important, especially if you have a goal oriented personality like me! I thrive on trying to reach my goals, therefore when I started setting goals for myself I noticed a huge improvement in my productivity and work ethic. I chose to set small daily goals, sometimes different each day, like: clean my room, do dishes, etc, as well as setting larger, long term goals like: get in to my dream med school, save ten thousand dollars in a year, and little goals to live by like: go to class all semester, get up earlier, stick to a sleep schedule, clean out closet once a month, etc. I have truly noticed a difference in my life since I have written these goals down on paper, I have noticed myself genuinely working hard to achieve them and feeling better in the process, which is why I believe everyone should try it!







These are 5 New Year's Resolutions that will truly make an impact in your life and health (mental and physical)!





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It's The Most (Miserable) Time Of The Year

As January approaches, the once-happy winter season ends.

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Temperatures have dropped below freezing, mounds of black snow line the sidewalks, and all the pretty lights put up a month ago have vanished. That's right folks; it's January!

Given the gloomy weather and lack of activity, it comes as no surprise that post-holiday January is considered one of the most depressing times of the year. Only a month ago it was the "happiest season of all," but after all the gifts were given and the families (finally) returned home, the anticipation and warmth associated with the early winter months left. And then we were forced to return to school and work. It's a depressing combination, to say the least.

The "winter blues" aren't just a colloquialism -- for about five percent of Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the months of December, January, February, and March can mean severe depression. The disorder, more commonly found among women, is believed to be caused by changing circadian rhythms, a result of shorter days, and/or melatonin imbalances in the brain.

It's worth noting that SAD is rare, and though most people do not experience such severe depression in the winter, no one is completely immune to seasonal sadness. In fact, the third Monday of January, dubbed "Blue Monday," is commonly referred to as the saddest day of the year. The concept was first introduced in 2005 by public relations firm Sky Travel and backed by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a former tutor at Cardiff University in Britain. The date is formulated by a combination of factors that affect seasonal depression, like post-holiday debt, bad weather conditions, and low motivation to act on New Year's resolutions.

Although "Blue Monday" has no scientific standing and is usually used as an advertising ploy, the idea that January owns the most miserable day of the year doesn't sound too far from the truth. But it doesn't have to be so gloomy -- there are multiple ways to ease seasonal depression. One of the most popular of these, light therapy, involves sitting a few feet from a light box right after waking up each day. The light box mimics the natural sunlight so often lacking during winter and is thought to act as a mood-booster.

Yes, winter may be a particularly terrible time, but all this isn't to say that it's the only melancholy season. Those who suffer from depression show symptoms no matter what the weather. It's important that we make our mental health a priority all the time, not just during these few somber months. 'Tis always the season for self-care.

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