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Words are more than a mere tool for communication.

Anon E. Mouse

With words, we express ourselves, voice our opinions, we use wounding words when we argue and soft words when we speak to a loved one. Words can wound and words can heal. “All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.”- Kahlil Gibran wrote.

Sometimes, we say something thoughtless out of ignorance, or just plain stupidity. And sometimes, the words, the messages written on various social groups are more entertaining than a soapy on the telly. I am sure I am not the only one lurking in the shadows while others fling mud or hostile words at others.

In a very interesting article, Dr Andrew Newman wrote the following: “If I were to put you into an fMRI scanner—a huge donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain—and flash the word “NO” for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing and communication.

In fact, just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.”

Why are we so terribly negative and demeaning when one person has an idea to do something for the good of the community? Is it fair to piss on that persons’ battery with angry words and comments? I think not. Why would you write something that makes this poor person that doesn’t suffer from ennui, like an idiot? Wouldn’t kind words explaining the flaws in their plans in a private message, have been much kinder and less wounding?

Didn’t your mother teach you to rather shut-up when you have nothing good to say? I take my hat off to the Sandy’s, the Andy’s, the Gwilym’s and Joy’s, the Elize’s, Ada’s and Debbie’s of this town. May you never suffer from the debilitating disease named apathy.

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