Power of Words

There is not much appreciation for the might power of words. Dig deep into the realms of your memory and attempt to recall the very first, fully formed word that you muttered; the first sentence, or even the first paragraph. At surface level, this memory void appears only as a smile on a reminiscing parent’s face reliving the moment. But in reality, those words were the basis for, the first step in understanding the world around you, the first step to knowledge and the first step in comprehension of an immensely complex universe.

The importance of language is often overlooked. Through repetition, young children have the ability to mimic sounds and recreate words, but they lack the cognitive development to rationalize logical reasoning behind a proper interpretation for the meaning of each word.As time progresses these impalpable resonances begin to structure meaning and application to material objects in the surrounding environment. For instance, whether an infant is sitting in a high-chair at the kitchen table, or playing with building blocks in their bedroom; the familiarity of everyday surroundings defines their limits of interpretation of the world. 

Their naivety is not a matter of choice, but rather a barrier of insufficient cognitive opportunities. A teddy bear may seem vitally important to their well-being and emotional status of a child. This act of attachment and possessive nature is much more than adolescent behavior. The constructs of their memory is directly related to  words they can perceive and without a concrete, definite understanding of foreign material, a memory cannot be fortified in their confined vault of contemplation. 

The conscious perception of language is the only tangible path to what they understand; therefore an attachment to an inanimate object seems irrational to more experienced individuals, but to a child it seems to mean the world, because quite frankly it is the their world. With such a limited amount of experience, the world outside their restricted environment is basically an enigma. Children only have the ability to perceive life through a subjectively defined eye glass, so the multitude of foreign objects, people, emotions or whatever it may be, seems irrelevant to their definable life of limited experiences. Language and words have the ability to create definite meaning in our world through experience.

While reading, words and sentences play out in our minds and are perceived though experience and understanding of the definite meaning for each word.  A reasonable example to take into consideration relies on a realization of this: while thinking to yourself, every thought is conveyed through the usage of language. To completely comprehend every memory, every thought and every image we rely on the necessity of definite understanding to the words in which can be used to describe each situation. This is from where the power of words stem. The usage of language and the understanding of language directly correlates to our capability of rationalizing specific situations and interpreting memories. 


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