ink wrote:*once again, for the record, i am only gathering a general consensus of public opinion, outside of this thread. im not here to attack anyone in here, but rather develop a discussion that could become insightful.
so yes, words. i continue to read things like 'words have no power unless you give them power..' and also things like 'just dont let them effect you, ignore it.. my great grandma was called nigger 50 million times growing up, and she beat it, blah, blah...'
listen, words are very powerful. they become powerful when they are put in places where they do not disappear, and power is activated by giving them a voice.. audible vibrations.. u know, like language and communication, singing.. this is what separates humans from the beasts. so power is provided when they are manifested when in visual form and audible sound, not from rejecting the word. that is silly.. if this was true, then we wouldn't even be having this discussion and all ppls would have laughed at Bill's joke.
i completely agree that words can hold a power to them. i believe in the idea of manifestation, so i am no stranger to this idea at all. there are some things i just never say because i don't want to even put the thought out into the universe, if you know what i'm saying. i don't want to inadvertently make those things *real*.
but the concept Lenny Bruce introduced in regards to words having even more power when they become taboo is not at all silly. it's challenging; try to not just dismiss it.
have you ever said a word over and over and over again, out-loud, to the point where it starts to change as you said it? to the point where the sound of the word coming from the lips starts to sound muddy...nonsensical...even, foreign? i used to do this as a kid, without realizing what i was doing or why it was happening.
i'm sure you've heard the idea that holding something back from a child in turn usually makes them even more interested in whatever is being forbidden. it can be seen in practice in especially rigid, religious families, where their kid ends up becoming a bit of a "wild child" as they grow up, sneak out, and rush to experience all the things the parents were attempting to hide from them.
i'm not saying as adults we still act as children, but i think in a sense, it's all about desensitization. taking a word's power away and stripping it down so that its meaning is almost all but lost entirely. without getting too deeply into linguistic relativity, we have the ability to change our language and in turn, the influence
it holds in our minds and hearts. that's why i wish there was a way to perform the experiment i mentioned, where the "n-bomb" was thrown out by everyone, all the time, for say, several generations. i wish i could peek at that future result and see if it indeed did still hold the power it holds today as a word seen as taboo.
because as it stands, it might be one of the most powerful words in the english language.