You can add me to the loath column with a small caveat - he knew how to use words. He convinced normal, everyday citizens that it's okay to sterilize - or better yet - euthanize mentally deficient or mentally ill individuals (other living, breathing human beings) for the good of the master race.
|One of the less gut-wrenching pics of Auschwitz Concentration Camp|
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
“What luck for rulers that men do not think.”
“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”
“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”
“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”
Don't those just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
I mention this because, as a writer, I want to be aware of my words. I know I have the freedom to "do what I want" and that's great. Yet I also don't want to write things that are empty or filled with poison. Maybe that's why I favor fiction. Telling stories is okay, what you're supposed to do. That lie isn't a lie, per se - says the woman trying to make a career of Fibbin for a Livin - but a tale, a fun adventure of the imagination shared with those around.
Ending this was a bit of a twist, let's take a look at something showing the beautiful power of words. Sorry for being such a cry-baby, but this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Susan Kaye Quinn for pointing me to this. You sooo rock!
What are your thoughts when it comes to the power of words?