There exists, for everyone, a sentence – a series of words – that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. – Philip K. Dick
If you are a writer, then you must have thought at least once, to change the world through your writing. Okay, not once, but many times, may be? We writers are dreamers and we love to dream of changing the world order through our writing. Haven’t we grown up hearing, pen is mightier than sword? But is it? Really?
I am of the opinion, that yes, it is. Well, in this day, I can perhaps modify it to include the keyboard of the laptop as well. But the essence remains the same, words are powerful. Words can build of break things, people, or change course of history. You don’t believe me? Egyptian Revolution of 2011 gained momentum with Wael Ghonim starting a Facebook page called “We Are All Khaled Said.” Protesting against police atrocities on common people, including 28-year old Khaled Mohamed Said, who was killed by police, the page has more than 250,000 likes.
If you look around, there had been many such instances of words changing the course of events. Remember Anna Hazare and how his movement gained ground? It’s because you and me, we wrote about it. Today, it doesn’t matter if you are a blogger, or a full-fledged writer. So long as you lend your words to a cause, so long as you strike a chord with your audience, you have the power. Coming from the land of Bengal, since childhood we have been told about the power of words and how our history has been shaped by it. We are always reminded of Rabindranath Tagore, and Bankimchandra, people who wrote India’s national anthem and song. If that’s not power of words, then I don’t know what it is.
So next time you stare at a blank page, waiting for an inspiration to hit you for your newest blog post, think social, think change. Donate a thought and watch it influence people. Never underestimate the power of words in changing a society. May be the society is waiting for you? What do you say?