When Words Become Powerless

For all the effort human beings put into “finding the right words,” there comes a point when words lose their power.

Ever try talking to a drunk? Or, a leader bent on a myopic agenda? Or, a scared mom? Or, a scared kid?

At this moment, words mean nothing to T.J. Lane, the 18-year old gunman who shot three people at Chardon High School in Ohio. Last week, T.J. Lane came to his sentencing hearing wearing a t-shirt with the word “killer” written crudely on the front. Victims and family of the victims watched and listened to words hang in the courtroom air, leaving behind a feeling of emptiness. T.J. Lane was sentenced to life in prison with no parole. Did Lane hear these words? Does he know what they mean?

Sometimes, finding the “right words” is not the point. It’s action. Society breathed easier when T.J. Lane was sentenced to imprisonment. But we still wonder, will Lane ever know love is better than hate? Will he learn how love replaces fear?

Imprisonment sure doesn’t replace fear. It might lessen the fear for a while, but we want more. We want a spiritual word, unheard and unseen to the physical ear and eye.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The calm voice of Truth sounds like a lion’s roar to the human mind. The voice of Love is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. The “still small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continents and oceans. Truth triggers the seven thunders of evil to be self-exposed. With evil out in the open, the power of Truth is then made manifest in the destruction of error.”


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