Why are some people so mean and thoughtless? Why do they saw suck unkind things? Why do they use words like “retarded” and stupid?
There’s nothing wrong with the word itself. Words by themselves are fairly neutral but we all know how we feel when we’ve been the recipient of a word used in a derogatory manner. “Retarded” is a perfectly good word if we’re referencing something other than a person.
Many times we don’t mean our words to suggest anything other than what they literally mean. We’re not intending to hurt. But words do hurt. It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that “Sticks and stones may bring my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Who coined that ridiculous phrase anyway?
And our culture has deteriorated rapidly in this regard. Watch any reality show and you’ll see many examples of people talking mean to each other. And people are laughing!
Are you kidding me?
What has happened to our sense of humor that we think making fun of someone is even remotely funny?
“Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us”.
Let’s be very careful our word choices. Next to our actions, our words say a lot about us and determine our own moods, more than anything else. We simply cannot say cruel things to others without it hurting us as well. I always feel a little sorry for someone who can’t control their words because I know they are not happy people inside because…………..
Happy people use life-affirming words.
(By the way, if you’re dealing with depression you, of all people, need to use life-affirming words.)
God bless and have a good “word” day.