Sticks and Stones was a nice lie I told myself in the 3rd grade to get through but I knew it was a lie then and now.
Words have power. Maybe they shouldn’t in a fairytale land but they do.
Cop says “Stop or I’ll shoot!”, aw, it’s just words man.
I mean sure, say what you want but to imagine a no-consequence world where words have no meaning or power is to me a bit of fantasy
Ah, well that’s pragmatic advice. It’s a bit of putting all the responsibility upon the receiver and zero on the sender, as if people being assholes is a necessary given in all cases for all time with no hope for change — but it’s pragmatic in a stop-gap sort of way.
Indeed. It’s like learning karate because there’s bullies in your school. Not every kid needs to learn karate because not every school has bullying that requires every kid to learn karate, but it’s pragmatic in some cases.
In a world where everybody is autist, sure – and that’s not a slur on autists — I’m probably spectrum.
But in a real world, as in the one that ACTUALLY exists, it does matter, even if you try to wish it away.
One way communications channels might as well go into a void.
Most communication channels are two way in some form and are social in nature.
Send, receive. Receiver sends and origin sender receives. Send, receive.
During communication, there is feedback and error correction.
That’s a dream of a lot of people but no. Words in a society have power. Maybe in a void society consisting of only the communicators and no context, you can make words have ANY meaning you like — even on the most post-modernist paper there’s at least SOME attempt to provide meaning, which brings words its power.
Sadly, I’d love to believe the catchphrases said by here. That’s what the grownups all say when we’re little. But it’s a farce to shut kids up. Luckily, it helps a lot of kids get through school. It’s a nice set of lies. But once you socialize even a little on a regular basis, the feedback from people flushes those sticks-and-stones ideas into the toilet like Santa Claus.
I can’t say. It’s the final piece of knowledge after which all are equally smart. What happens then is simply unthinkable
“sticks and stones may break my bones” ] repeat until bubble wrap shield forms.
“READY YOU FUCKERS BRING IT ON”
Those are great motivational words – as are – and I’ve said similar things to help people who were dealing with confidence issues.
Yet, if they are said not as motivation but rather as justification for being a bad actor in a situation, then it’s an abuse of the sentiment.
But they make for great motivation.
I don’t believe in hierarchies either — just agreed upon games. But to the people in those fictional hierarchies, that power is real and if that shared illusion affords power of life/limb/food/housing – whatever’s on the hierarchy of needs – that illusion of power _can_ have some tangible effects.
Judge says “You’re going to jail”. It’s just words. The power is illusion. Yet, suddenly I’m living in a cell instead of my home.
Of course – and part of having a woke up viewpoint is finding your happy wherever you happen to be – or at least some kind of life satisfaction.
But I can’t automatically expect the majority of 7 billion to agree with me. They’ll see my view as delusional. Of course I could say they don’t matter and gaze into my navel. I kind of do anyway.
To me, it’s one thing if I decide on these views for myself and quite another for me to assume it’s The Only Way for everybody else — and if they don’t listen to me, then they’re automatically stupid.
Maybe you got a little more of the enlightenment juice than me, but I’m still in the process here.