I was going through my images folder today and I came across this picture. Now as a writer I am well aware of the power of words, the ability to create emotions, to create people and places and experiences with my words but this is a different side of the coin. Words have power, and just as they can create they can also destroy. Words have the power to hurt, to break someone down, to make them cry, and I am not just talking about in books.
All too often I see on social media people causing hurt with their words, people attacking another person from small things like being confused to bigger things like lifestyle choice. So often there is no need for the attack, there just seems to be some people who either delight in being antagonistic or just do not even stop to think how their words are coming across. We have the saying that if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I think that sometimes we need to actually put this into practice. There is no need for hurtful and hateful words most of the time and if that means that you never talk, well then I think that means you should be looking at yourself rather than everyone else.
Words have power, and as Uncle Ben said, one too many times – “With great power comes great responsibility”