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Ah yes, a rhyme we all learned in grade school, the truth of which was shattered by the time we got to junior high. By then, most have learned that words can be powerful weapons and their use by some folks can be quite hurtful to others, emotionally if not physically. However, eventually we learn that their use by others can inspire us or cause us to stop and ponder an idea that might not have previously occurred to us. What wonderful, but also terrible, things our words can be. They can be played with in the hands of a Lewis Carroll. They can inspire us in the hands of a Lincoln or a Paine or a Churchill or even in the hands of a committee as in “When in the course of human events . . .” And yet in the hands of certain caustic sophists, they can reduce us to the lowest levels of meanness. And, of course, in the hands of effective demagogues, they can lead a whole nation into the basest of human activity.

Mr. Orwell taught us that words should be used with respect and care, else they be turned against us. Some amongst us have yet to learn that.

Cal
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