Think about it. Lyrics. Books. Magazines. Advertising. News coverage. Politics. Press conferences. Court rooms. Films. Television writing. The internet. Speeches. Sermons. Counsel. Conversations. Arguments. Poisonous, crushing words. Elevating words. Personal, internal speak. Prayer.
“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
In 1923, Rudyard Kipling was giving a speech to the Royal College of Surgeons in London. This quotation was given in this speech. It is one of the British author and poet’s most well-known.
In his next sentence, Kipling said, “Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain ….”
The most powerful drug used by mankind
Words powerfully shape how a person thinks and feels. Just like a drug. Yes, negatively. But also positively.
What was happening in Europe during the 1920’s? The Nazi party in Germany was rising. Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto, Mein Kampf (1925), would be laid as the foundational cornerstone of Nazism.
Kipling quite likely was thinking of what was happening in Europe when he gave this speech.
Will you become more aware that dealers in words are everywhere, all the time … seeking to shape everything? What can you do to influence with ideas and words?
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