Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order #214

19 March, 2012 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

Words are stupid.

Whatever happened to “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me”?  Words are really tools of destruction by nature, even though they can be used to come off as temporary good, but if those words aren’t maintained, it’s really just a form of prolonged destruction.  Only once you’re objective will you be able to acknowledge how unbalanced our dependence on words is.

Example 1:  You tell someone, “You’re an idiot.”  5 seconds later, you say, “You’re not an idiot, you’re so smart.”  9 times out of 10, the person still thinks you called them an idiot, even though you used words to negate and then reverse the initial comment.

Words cannot undo the destructive nature of words.  Actions, however, can.  Hence, “Actions speak louder than words.”  By placing such strong emphasis on words, you’re setting yourself up for 1) destruction and 2)prolonged disappointment if you deny actions and maintain a focus on words.

Words are also free.  Hence, “Talk is cheap.”  People can lie because it takes little to no effort.  To actually carry out their words in actions though, takes conviction.

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