Why Study English? To Understand the Power Behind Your Voice
- Olivia Alsup
- Monday, November 9th, 2020
We are our words. Obviously, history will record human actions, choices, and behaviors, but underscoring all of these are the very words we say to ourselves and others. When a person’s time on earth is complete, their documented words remain just as, if not more, relevant than the choices they made. Our words live long after us, and often we communicate so frequently that we forget the weight and power our words can carry.
The study of English is essential to wielding our language with responsibility. In the midst of a divisive national crisis, there are constant reminders to use words with precision, honor, and respect. We see daily the power words have to change policy, direct culture, or create division. Reciprocal to this power is the responsibility to interpret language and think critically. The study of English equips and enables democracy. To have a productive society, we must be a society capable of speaking and writing with intention.
What we say about others matters. What we say about ourselves matters. More importantly, our ability to use and understand words with thoughtfulness and precision will be the legacy we leave as individuals and as a society. The study of English provides the power to leave a legacy of words that matter.
Words carry weight—they can define, attribute, cast blame, forgive, explain, or heal. Our identities hinge on the way we choose to use this power, the power of words. #WhyEnglishWednesday