Many people are unaware of the importance of the words they use on a daily basis, just like gestures elsewhere. Every human lives through the words they use.
Stop thinking this is stupid or futile. Through the words you use to express yourself, your mind is playing tricks on you. You no longer have a choice: pay attention to the words you choose to express yourself!
Words have deep correlations with each other, between them and you, between you and your mind, between you and others. These are concrete realities of your life, they are not just words, and they are things that live within you.
Why care about words?
Words and language are an inherent part of the human condition. The human brain retains very few images that pass in front of us all day long and on screen. On the other hand, words act on us with force!
When you speak, the first expectation of any interlocutor is to understand your words. It is therefore necessary that the words you use are correct to translate your thought without any ambiguity. This is the real purpose of all communication.
You have no choice: you have to speak well to be understood. This means that you must respect the grammar and vocabulary of the French language, so as not to mislead your interlocutor.
Once all of this is clear, you also need to speak wisely and not to say nothing. How to create a Wikipedia page for an artist do not overuse too technical words that the other would not understand, or avoid making sentences that are too bombastic or convoluted will be essential points in any communication.
The importance of words
How we express ourselves is extremely important. Each word has an energy that acts on us and our environment. That is why we should be listening to the impact that every word has on us and on others.
For example, if a person frequently uses the expression “it is necessary that”, I hear that this “he” is neither the person nor me. And that “must” when we listen to it, does not make a difference with “false”. In this formulation, the person thus takes no responsibility in the vocabulary. So what can be in his personal and professional life?
I therefore invite you to identify the impact of this “must” formula in your life.
Moreover, you will of course notice the similarity of “words” with “evils” from the point of view of pronunciation. The words you use reveal your inner ailments!
We live in a time when words no longer have the same meaning for everyone. However, naming is a capital issue. When we come to misunderstand the meaning of words or not give them importance, misunderstanding increases, and in effect, intolerance and violence as well.
Are words in crisis?
Why are words less resonant in our time?
Why are they so confusing? Or from fear?
Could there be a link between poor language proficiency and violence?
Should we give importance to words?
Hearing the words and understanding them, in these troubled times, is urgent. Not being able to put into words your thoughts for the other leads to violent acts. Alain Bentolila would explain the violence of young people from so-called sensitive neighborhoods by their inability to peacefully transform the world and others by the force of words. The fewer words a person has at their disposal, the more likely they are to speak through action and violence.
Words know more than we do. Each word has value, an interest: it is therefore important, even in everyday life. The word is useful: there is no question of contesting its usefulness.
What makes the importance of a word is the need we have for it and the use we make of it. Words are first and foremost a living thing, carrying meaning, ideas, possible disputes, which we shape or transform or suppress to serve our idea.
The power of words
We too often forget the power that words can have, including the power of one. There are words that condemn or protect. There are the words which dehumanize, which simplify, those which reject or which repel.
Behind all the words, there are human realities, complex or not, happy or painful. We use these words constantly, but we have lost their reach and weight. We underestimate the significance of words. By dint of using them, they become common, unimportant, and we got used to them, without thinking more.
So we have to be careful with the words we speak, the words we use. This can have repercussions, sometimes dramatic, on us, on others.
Words are impactful. For example, when people have a very unpleasant experience, they say “it was awful” . Conversely, when they have a pleasant experience, they simply say “it was nice!” . They tend to use low positive impact words for something good, but when it’s negative they charge the mullet.
It is for this reason that we must be more and more vigilant of the words we use. Each word has its own energy . We are constantly bombarded with dark, black words that are difficult to hear. The more attention we pay to these words, the more they will be able to infuse into us.
Masaru Emoto conducted experiments studying the impact of words on plants and the importance of water on us. He specifies that we must also be careful of the words that we carry about us. Our body, partly made up of water, is a sounding board.
Here is a link to understand the purpose of this Japanese scientist’s research:
We have the power to oversee the choice of words we use. The more we use harsh, violent and aggressive words, the more we will act negatively on our environment. The brain does not know how to integrate negation. If you say “ rotten weather” your brain will remember the word “rotten” . If you say “the weather is not nice” , the brain retains “nice”.
So we need to get into the habit of using positive words to send out positive energy. The world is already sufficiently encumbered by all the solicitations of darkness that come from nowhere not to add more!
So let’s react and use the right words for a more radiant daily life! It may seem anecdotal to you, but it works! You will thus have a better morale and therefore a better vision of the world to face it! Each word leaves a lasting mark on your environment, and therefore, a mark on the world!
Words free …
No one can hear himself speak. If everyone could listen to themselves, he or she would immediately think how negative he or she is in what he or she is saying. Words reflect our mind, structure us and bring a certain energy into our life.
Every word has a vibration.
When we speak, we are expressing ourselves physically. We do not think about the repercussion of the words on the other. A word can virtually correspond to a stab.
It is staggering how much negative energy is conveyed by the negative words people use all the time. They don’t understand how much it affects them and those around them. The brain works like a computer. We program our brains with negative things all the time. The brain does not differentiate between what is real or what is imagined.
Words have an inner power that we need to connect with. Words can also become healers. Jacques Martel , in his book “The power of words… which liberate me” explains that each time we use a negative word, it is “black magic” that we send ourselves. Including concerning a negative thought towards another person! It’s a boomerang effect!
We have to reprogram our brain to move towards more serenity and freedom, more wisdom and more love. It takes practice and willpower. No one can be well in their body if nothing is clear in their mind. Our words control our thoughts because we think with words. Words have the power to build us… or to destroy us!
Language defines our culture
Everything in the language is, more or less, culture. It is obvious that words cause a lot of misunderstanding in written and verbal communication. The speaker’s “ duty” is to make himself understood, to get his message across. That of the interlocutor is to understand what has just been said, to identify the speaker’s communication intentions in order to react effectively and appropriately.
This search for meaning, which we all experience all day long, is a complex act that we tend to underestimate. Sometimes the pitfalls are insurmountable or can only be overcome with considerable effort, especially if the interlocutors come from different languages and cultures.
The language we use defines our social environment, our origins, our cultural level. Words define us and give us a part of our identity. Language has an identity role, without a doubt.
A language is a heritage from the past and therefore endures through the ages, hence the name Molière’s language for French, or Shakespeare’s language for English, or Goethe’s language for German, etc.
Language has a collective dimension, specific to each culture. It guarantees the social cohesion of a community, like a glue. The symbolism of identity is forged through learning the language. We can speak the same language without having the same culture. The Quebecers , the Belgians , the Swiss , Francophones around the world do not have the same culture as the French ! And that’s good! This is what makes our wealth!
In short, it is neither the words in their morphology, nor the rules of syntax as a whole that carry cultural meaning, but the ways of speaking of each other, the ways of using words, the ways of speaking. reason, tell, argue, joke, explain, persuade, seduce!
Anyone who wishes to communicate must be able to construct their discourse according to the identity of the partners in the exchange, the purpose of the exchange and the purpose at stake.
A Quebecer , for example, will exploit the resources of the French language in a different way from that of a Frenchman . His speech will not be the same despite the use of the same language. Because his lifestyle, the social standards in force in his country governing the relationships of each other, are not those of a French resident in France.
The example of a created language: Novlanguage
George Orwell , in his famous novel “ 1984 ″ invented the Novlangue ( Newspeak in English) . The Newspeak is a language spoken by the inhabitants of the totalitarian regime ‘Oceania, deliberately constructed by the government to clear all shades and lexical complexity.
The goal of this language is very simple: to make the expression of any subversive idea impossible! The words being carriers of meaning, and therefore, of possible disputes, they are modeled, transformed or suppressed to serve a cause: that of the dominant ideology.
Even though the idea of Orwell scares us, we are still a long way from it. Many debates around language, around inclusive language remain in the Francophonie.
But, doesn’t George Orwell , through his novel, ask this question: aren’t words first and foremost a living thing? Or the business of the people who use them? We master the words, we believe we master them. We sometimes create them. Will we ever allow a single entity to reduce our mode of communication the way the American Wiki writers describes it?
The word “Novlangue”, which has become a feminine name (how surprising it is !!), designates a “refined, agreed, rigid language intended to distort reality” . This word entered the dictionary. In a way, we change our language every day. For several decades, Anglicisms have held more and more place in our French language …
Are all these anglicisms destroying the French language? That is the question! This is the whole idea of Newspeak, which encompasses much more than simple Anglicisms. You have to know how to twist the words to make them say what you want!
Are we finally that far from Orwell’s novel ? Both society and businesses seek security. Why take the risk of expressing yourself with more than 140 characters on Twitter . Why make it complicated when we can make it simpler? …
Words have enormous performative importance. Because they build the reality they describe. Because, we know from the Greece of Aristotle and sophistry, mastery of words that makes crowds.
It is easy to observe how the choice of words influences thinking.
As a conclusion
If you start talking lovingly every day to a dying plant, telling it that it is strong and beautiful, it will start to recover the very next day.
Words have power over others, over our bodies.
You can try this experiment: take a glass of water and put a piece of paper on it, having marked sweet words. On another glass, you mark just the opposite. In the end, the taste of the water will be different!
Words do have a weight. There are no boundaries in the energies: they go where they want. If a person sends you a bad vibration, that energy is transformed. When we say a word, we are burning energy which is used to vibrate our vocal cords. Any sound (or sound wave), including emitted by every word, will pass through our body, good or bad, depending on what we say or think.