Words CAN matter. They can matter quite a lot.
We are constantly bombarded by words - in text, in person, in audio, and through video. Words, words, words. How do we know which ones to heed and which ones to disregard?
Typically, one of two conditions predicate a degree of mattering to words:
- When we are able to assign some degree of credibility, honesty, and integrity to the producer of the words. In effect, we have some respect for the wordsmith.
- We have a meaningful relationship with the producer of the words.
With that in mind a few questions follow:
What words are we saying/writing?
Who might be listening?
Do our words matter?