“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Language is a universal medium of communication – the gateway to a true form of expression that cohesively affixes millions of people around the world. It has the power to unite cultural, ethnic and national groups, binding them in the communal warmth of a shared heritage. Language is the foundation upon which we as humans can articulate our thoughts and ideas. Not only does language provide humans with the means to communicate and express themselves, it also cultivates a school of individualism where people are able to differentiate their identities through the expression of ideas.
Languages are sometimes discredited as a legitimate art form because of the stigma that surrounds the philosophy and fundamentality of the didactic approach. In reality, the written and spoken word are common forms of expression utilised by various peoples of the world to convey their opinions and artistic dispositions. Though the learning of languages may be arduous and monotonous, the end result grants the apprentice of tongues a most wonderful prize – the ability to wield the greatest weapon ever to be bestowed upon mankind.
“Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change”
Where would we be today without Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech, or President Abraham Lincoln’s eminent Gettysburg Address? Language incites within many the profound need and yearning to provoke the flames of change and make a true impact on the composition of the world. Whether through poetry or oration, fiction or memoir, we as humans have the capacity to enact meaningful change.
“Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides”
Rita Mae Brown
So go forth and harness the power of words to alter the tides of future history.
Ars longa, vita brevis.
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