Words fool us and seduce us.
They are symbols of the way we would like things to be.
Or the way we are afraid things are.
And not only other people’s words.
We also seduce and frighten our selves with words,
promising ourselves that we will become the things we admire…
telling ourselves that we’re not afraid…
that we don’t care…
that we’re not hurt…
in the hope that the promise, the intention, the hope, the aspiration – will suffice – but it won’t.
Words are important because they are capable of being symbols but in order for them to be solid and not hollow they have to have substance outside themselves – that’s the nature of a symbol.
All we can rely on – whether its regarding ourselves or others – is action.
It’s all we have.
Let deeds, not words, be your adorning. (2)
(1)Antoine de Saint Exupéry – The Little Prince.
(2) Bahá’u'lláh – The Hidden Words.