Because speakers deal in words, too

This thought comes at the conclusion of Rebecca Solnit’s essay at Harper’s Magazine this month—

As a writer, I’ve been given more and more space to occupy, and my voice reaches further and further. The only justification I can think of for such disproportionate influence is to use it to advocate for others, to invite in those who have been excluded.

These two thoughts reminded me of a third, seen long ago at Brain Pickings

Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.

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