Thursday

Words and Deeds

My reading of Spanish Golden Age playwrights tells of an essence of life.  This essence is language, more specifically, the use or misuse of language.  Aside from the acts of speaking or listening or silence, there is the style in which people speak.  My interpretation is that the Spanish Golden Age was on the right course when the playwrights, for example, took into serious consideration the utter importance of speech and its implications.

Linguistic behavior has the ability to grant you honor or diminish it.  Language, speech, words, if uttered alone or layered upon, are truly all that encompassing.  Our use of words creates the world, is our world.

Speech in theatre and in real life is a strong catalyst for action and action creates motion and so on.

The use of language fascinates me personally because of my left brain stem injury and my capacity to use language as a tool.  At times I feel we should be judged by our intentions alone.  But we aren’t.  Indeed, words are that omnipotent.

Sheila Cull