“Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously acts of language. Words set things in motion. I’ve seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges.”Toni Cade Bambara. The late African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist, and college professor.
Lord knows we need more thinking before we speak in this world. Scriptures are filled with the advice to be a person of few words. It also suggests they come directly from the heart.
Hurtful words said in anger were dangerous weapons my father kept in his hip pocket. They eventually broke down a 38 year marriage and broke my dear mother’s heart. His old age was one large albatross as a result of their divorce.
What an enormous tragedy. My own father died a broken man.