Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Let's get started shall we?!
We've all heard the saying sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. We teach that to our children in hopes that they'll overlook any negative comments thrown at them. But is there truth to that statement? I say no. Words do hurt. Indeed they do. In Thomas Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition book words are defined as, " a syllable, or a combination of syllables, used in the expression of thought." So you see our words are merely our thoughts and if our thoughts are mean then our words are mean therefore words do hurt! In not just in the gut wrenching, I'm going to cry kind of way either. Some words carry so much weight with them that they lead to a battle or a decline of a nation. Apostate touches on this point extremely well. In the preface, Kevin, quotes from Benjamin Wiker's book Ten Books That Screwed up the World and Five Others That Didn't Help. I'll share that portion with you, "...the story of the Scottish essayist, Thomas Carlyle. He "was once scolded at a dinner party for endlessly chattering about books: 'Ideas, Mr. Carlyle, ideas, nothing but ideas!' To which he replied, 'There was once a man called Rousseua who wrote a book containing nothing but ideas. The second edition was bound in the skins of those who laughed at the first.'"
Cleverly, Carlyle proves my point that words hurt.
Hop on over to my blog devoted solely to all things book related, Keeper at the Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review.
Posted by Keeper At The Homestead at 8:57:00 PM