Stingy Mouths

Words are powerful. An African maxim goes like this: we are slaves of the words that we pronounce. And I think we all know that’s true
 

Voice

04.02.2021

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Marcello Sanzi

We are so often afraid to say anything

It could be a comment on a post on social media, advice at the work place, or a phone call to one of our friends to tell her/him that we think that she/he is acting wrong. We won’t do that, we would rather stay silent. 

We are afraid of our own words, because they could potentially be dangerous to us tomorrow.  Somehow, we don’t fear the silence that is causing actual troubles today. Remember, our words could actually save someone.

The pandemic situation threw all of us into a new situation, our daily lives completely changed. The world has changed, and that might also be difficult to admit to ourselves. As my friend Victoria said in her last editorial, it is not that unusual to experience feelings like loneliness or laziness these days.

In my opinion, talking to each-other and making the effort to maintain conversations as a part of our routine has never been so crucial. And I believe that every word counts. 

The power of positive word

In a sort of social digesting process, I have the feeling that words can transform themselves into political changes, social development, and material goods. 

On social media, a positive comment on a friend’s business post could not only cheer her or him up, but maybe make their post more intriguing for a potential client; meaning an economical income and growth for their business. 

That’s a very simple example of how powerful words can be, especially when they are written. To me it is definitely the best gift that we can possibly give to someone: precious, useful, magical words. 

Too many are too stingy

But from what I can see, too many people seem so stingy about the words they spend.

Where are their thoughts about what’s happening? It is not in the comments below, it is not expressed during coffee time, it is not sent on WhatsApp messages. Maybe they don’t have any a special advice to give, but I think it is impossible to not have an idea about something that they want to share. An idea is a reaction, and reaction is a basic principle of life: insects have reactions, birds have reactions, dogs have reactions. Hence, it is fair to me to expect that folks around me will react when something is happening. 

Avarice 

Avarice is an extremely strong wish to get or keep possessions. It is generally used when referring to money, and it is considered a very dangerous and condemned attitude in almost every society in history. E.g. Native Americans and the Chinese or Persian empires considered avarice one of the most problematic phenomena in society, and in the Catholic culture is one of the seven deadly sins.  

Nevertheless it seems like everybody is being so stingy with his words, with his opinions and keeps them for themselves. 

Words are free to give

Staying silent will probably make our day easier, but do you think you participate in moving our society forward with an attitude like that?  

In addition to being a voice in a society you belong to, remember that words are free. Today we have social media and smartphones. In the 80s, a letter to a friend in New Zealand would have cost approximately five euros from Italy. Now you could send an email or a message to anyone in New Zealand to tell them how important they are, and it would take just two minutes and no money at all.

Words are free to giStaying silent will probably make our day easier, but do you think you participate in moving our societ forward with an attitude like that?  In addition to being a voice in a society you belong to, remember that words are for free. Today we have social media and smartphones. In the 80s, a letter to a friend in New Zealand would have cost approx. 5 euros from Italy. Now you could send an email or a message to anyone in New Zealand to tell him/her how important he/she is, and it would take just two minutes and no money at all.

The best gift that we can possibly give to someone: precious, useful, magical words. 

Share your words

We could basically “give” words from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, and it would cost us literally nothing. Are we taking advantage of that?  I like to believe that my words of support let the people I love grow, my word contribute in keeping them healthy and alive. 

So let’s not be stingy. Our words can save the world. 

Help a friend in need, I bet you can imagine someone in need among your friends right now. If you think for a moment? 

Let’s not keep all of our words just for us. Sharing is caring. •