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WORDS OVER ALL
BY PATRICK KHRISTIAN

They say that science is the basic to understand everything.

I have to disagree.

What is the world without words? Are we capable of understanding the universe without first learning a certain language to do so? Equations and numbers play an important role because you could technically calculate everything and come up with an equation to describe everything. But can you measure the love of your loved one with numbers? Can you understand a soul through calculations? Can you describe how you feel when you first fell in love with scientific evidences? All these rhetorical questions point to one short answer: No. You use words to describe love, to express it and to hold a grasp about the warmth of people’s heart. If the world consists solely of numbers and science, imagine how flat and grey our lives would be.

With hyperboles, you can exaggerate how you feel. With rhetoric devices, you can insinuate hidden meanings. You can make a boring sentence beautiful with a good usage of words. You can color your days through reading words on paper. We underestimate the power of words and overlook their importance. The English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined a metonymic adage: “The pen is mightier than the sword”. He wasn’t wrong; in fact, he’s terrifyingly correct. Much to our chagrin, if we look back in time, we can see numerous times that wars broke because of letters and words on paper with ink of pen could cause conflict. Or how many times our feelings have been manipulated by locutions.

Words are terrifying. Never forget that.