The Power of Language
"The living language is like a horsepath: it is the creation of the horses themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A horse is under no obligation to stay in the narrow path she helped make, following the contour of the land, but she often profits by staying with it and she would be handicapped if she didn't know where it was or where it led to" (E.B. White). Language is the most influential form of communication, it is the most powerful instrument an individual can have. "The living language is like a horsepath: it is the creation of the horses themselves." By definition, language is the use by human beings of voice sounds, organized in order to express and communicate thoughts and feelings. It is what has shaped our society into what it has become today, what has allowed our civilization to excel and progress into what is now modern day. Language has allowed the individual to communicate within a group as well as within himself in order to accomplish many goals. It gives us a means by which we can organize our ideas and thoughts into rational, logical actions. It is also a vehicle by which we can gather, analyze, and learn from information. There is no question that human beings are the most powerful living creature on this planet. And why does this fact remain true? Communication. In spite of the historical conflicts miscommunication has created, our ability to converse as we do enables us to dominate the modern world. No plant, animal or mineral can communicate on the level that we do. "From daily use the path undergoes changes." Each person has a different type of language, which in itself is a reflection of their character. Character is principally judged upon what is both said verbally, and remitted through body language. It is language that defines people as individuals. Even within the English language there are many different dialects of speaking. It is the character of various individuals and their interpretations of language which is the antecedent for change in language. "A horse is under no obligation to stay in the narrow path she helped make, following the contour of the land, but she often profits by staying with it and she would be handicapped if she didn't know where it was or where it led to." Language is a parameter for which to run our lives, however it does not lay definite guidelines as to what will ensure us success. There are no physical barriers within language, each individual chooses their own route to follow within the "path." The human language may be manipulated and twisted, it can be made to convey similar ideas in many different forms. The mastering of the human language is perhaps the strongest element an individual can posses to ensure success. Without the ability to communicate an individual is helpless, ending up lost and out of touch from society. There is no doubt that humans benefit from the power of language. It can be said that language is what makes humans mobile, without it we would be helpless. Language is an extremely fortified form of communication. It can make us laugh, cry, get angry or cheer us up. Language is the most popular form of communication and we see it everywhere. Everyday we use language in its many different parts. Whoever said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," really knew nothing about the power of language.